[R] S v. 5

John Thaden jjthaden at flash.net
Wed Jun 30 08:35:28 CEST 1999

I asked
>> Does R, or will R, be integrating the changes to the Chambers/Lucent S
>> language under their version 5.0?  If not already, then when?
and Brian Ripley answered,
>Wait a minute: S is only at version 4, and I doubt if there will be an S
>version 5 (mutter omega quietly, or look at www.omegahat.org). One issue
>here is what one is talking about, as Sv4 and S-PLUS 5.x (now 5.1) are none
>too similar.

I was asking only about Chambers' et al. S, and I meant to say version 4.
I really don't give two shakes about S-Plus version 5.x nor S-Plus 2000,
since MathSoft appears less interested in S language than in their GUI
commands, which too often have little or no resemblance to S.
>As far as I know a reasonable aim is to get to R1.0 early next year as `not
>unlike the prototype' (Sv3 as exemplified in S-PLUS 3.4).  After that, it
>depends how enthusiastic people still are about R (as distinct from, say,

OK, sounds reasonable.  I've certainly gotten lots of mileage from Sv3.
The omega webpage makes an interesting read.  I hope the advantages of Java
warrant the efforts required to create this new structure, rather than
refine existing ones.
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