[R] extracting pkg fcn info

A.J. Rossini rossini at blindglobe.net
Tue Jul 3 14:21:49 CEST 2001

>>>>> "BDR" == Brian D Ripley <Prof> writes:

    BDR> On 2 Jul 2001, A.J. Rossini wrote:
    >> An extension to what Natalie asked -- has anyone written an R
    >> function to do something like:
    >> list.api(function)
    >> which returns arguments, classes, and return statements?

    BDR> The last may well depend on the inputs, and for generic
    BDR> functions just about anything will depend on the inputs.

That's true, and in some contexts, it would be nice to see it all.
(I.e. a list of potentially returned objects).

    BDR> I don't see this as of much use apart from chacking
    BDR> documentation, and codoc does have code to extract the
    BDR> arguments from the help and the function.

Actually, it is of incredible use in OOP.  Just not the form that R
(or XLispStat) uses.


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