Do I qualify as a LISP hacker now?

I have just managed to write my first working program (as opposed to a few fragments of code to produce some charts) in R.

It turned out to be harder than I expected: years with BASIC, C, C++, Perl etc mean I made assumptions about the atomic nature of numbers that R’s vector model choked on, and it took me some time to work it out.


3 thoughts on “Do I qualify as a LISP hacker now?

  1. Been there, done that, still doing it. FWIW, I find using RStudio as my IDE for R coding helps. Also, when using new and/or unfamiliar methods and packages, I rely heavily on names() [more succinct] and str() [more detailed].

    1. Once I got my head round it, I was surprised at how expressive R could be. Wrote what I wanted in less than 300 lines, think it would have been twice that in C++, though performance is not great – but then in the end it would be I/O bound so the room for improvement is limited.

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