<zimoun>civodul: I received it via mailing list, sent by Roberto Di Cosmo. There is an interesting State of Art review about Archives, Publishers, Aggregators, etc. Well, I can save it, convert to pdf and send you (privately)
<zimoun>civodul: is is possible to send file via IRC (say ERC)?
<civodul>i've seen demo where you could see from a couple of lines the terrible things happening under the hood
<civodul>like variable names automatically used as labels in ggplot
<civodul>i'm skeptical about the "started as a Lisp" meme
<civodul>of course, it's not just about the parens, but still, what is it about? :-)
<rekado_>I take Ross Ihaka by his word: ‘The R engine began life as a very simple Lisp interpreter. The similarities between S and Lisp made it easy to impose an S-like syntax on the interpreter and produce a result which looked very much like S.’
<rekado_>that’s from ‘Back to the Future: Lisp as a Base for a Statistical Computing System’
<zimoun>it is an interesting paper to read by the way
<zimoun>yeah. But then statisticians sent patches… and we all know that stats is complicated
<rekado_>‘The S-like appearance of R was added incrementally. We initially moved to an S-like syntax for our experiments because, although we were both familiar with Lisp syntax, we didn’t feel that it was really suitable for expressing statistical computations. This choice of syntax set us on a path towards compatibility with S. Once initiated, the move towards compatibility with S was irresistible.’
<rekado_>yeah, so I guess the character of that humble origin was short-lived
<rekado_>was it *really* R initially…? Probably not.