[R] R programming style

Douglas Bates bates at stat.wisc.edu
Thu Mar 30 01:08:52 CEST 2000

Stuart Luppescu <s-luppescu at uchicago.edu> writes:

> > I was trying to write some code in R when I realized that I was just writing 
> > a FORTRAN 77 style program in the R syntax, and hence coming nowhere near 
> > tapping the potential of R. I'm wondering what is a good reference that 
> > would help me get up to speed in programming in R (i.e., using these 
> > classes, methods, objects, accessor functions, and many other things I don't 
> > currently understand).
> I just saw in the Springer Statistics Newsletter I got yesterday that Venables
> and Ripley have produced a new book called, _S Programming_ (isbn
> 0-387-98966-8). I haven't seen the actual book (I don't even know if it's
> available yet) but the blurb says the book discusses effective programming in S
> under either S-Plus and R. Looks good!

More information on the new book is available at
and its mirrors.  One of the North American mirrors is
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