[R] Unreadable code: was the underscore ("_") in variables

Patrick Connolly P.Connolly at hort.cri.nz
Tue Oct 3 01:09:37 CEST 2000

According to Bill Venables:

|> If we follow your suggestion and give prominence to the fact that "_" is a
|> synonym for "<-" then as sure as eggs some people will actually USE it!
|> This is, in the opinion of many of us at least, a very BAD thing as it
|> makes code just about unreadible.  

It appears somewhat different from my perspective.

I got into the habit of using emacs S-mode early in my time with the S
language.  Being a lazy typist, I found it convenient to use the
parser to expand the assignments, add spaces and generally make
readable any code I wished to use again (such as in functions).  To
anyone looking over my shoulder it might look crude, but it works
quickly and safely as I am concerned.

BTW: this no longer works using ESS as far as I can tell.  To a lazy
typist this is a sad loss.  Has anyone found a way to return this

Patrick Connolly
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