[tech-spec] Re: R arguments

  • From: Tom McCubbin <tmccubbin@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: tech-spec@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Thu, 14 Oct 2004 13:01:58 -0400

Have you seen Duncan Temple Lang's work (formerly Bell Labs / ATT Research,

>now at UC Davis) at wwww.omegahat.org?  He has a _ton_ of projects many of
>which involve embedding R into other things (databases, browsers, general

>To fully tie Python to R you need a better than average understanding of the
>innards of the two systems. That limits the number of contributors and
no problem...

>Personally, I changed my viewpoint over the years and now think that R gets
>so many things so darn right when it comes to data work, is cross-platform,
>robust and easily extensible (with e.g. C++) that I'd make it the core
>rather than the satellite. But recognising the uphill struggle that leanring
>the S language is, I can see how loosely coupling it may be a better first
>step for getting a toe in the water.
there are many internal reasons w/ R that i would keep it a satelite, 
especially their stack based concept of garbage collection, but that is 
too much for discussion over email.

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