[R] Excel (off-topic, sort of)

François Pinard pinard at iro.umontreal.ca
Wed Aug 29 17:35:39 CEST 2007

[Alberto Monteiro]

> Maybe I'll write a letter to Santa Claus [there are people
> who write to congressman; they must have more faith than me].

:-) :-)

> I wish a language where I can write

>  a = b + 10

> and then when I write

>  a = 20

> the language automatically assigns b = 10.

METAFONT does this (and consequently, Metapost as well).  I still 
remember my surprise when I found out that Donald Knuth resorts to such 
sophisticated machinery for the sole purpose of designing font 
characters.  Knuth surely did many wonderful things :-).

François Pinard   http://pinard.progiciels-bpi.ca

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