[ESS] Swankr

Rodney Sparapani rsparapa at mcw.edu
Mon Dec 12 14:58:25 CET 2011

Christophe Rhodes wrote:
> Stephen Eglen <S.J.Eglen at damtp.cam.ac.uk> writes:
>> Christophe: is there anything on the ESS side that could be done to make
>> your life easier, without harming ESS users who still use comint?
> I think at this point for my needs ESS's current state is basically fine
> -- it's not in the way.  One or two things would make things a bit
> smoother: for example I don't know whether my customizations of
> defun-prompt-regexp and ess-R-mode-font-lock-keywords could be installed
> by default?  I think they're generally applicable.
> The ESS evaluation and SLIME evaluation keybindings collide in
> non-trivial ways, of course, but there's nothing that we can do about
> that.  But I think most of the ways in which swankr needs improving at
> the moment involve dealing with the R side of things, rather than
> anything on the emacs side.
> Cheers,
> Christophe

So that we don't all try to re-invent the wheel simultaneously...
Can an ESS developer volunteer to take the lead on organizing this
within ESS?  It needs to work out-of-the-box like ESS does now for
R, SAS, etc.  I will test it here and attempt to debug it if necessary,
but I don't want to take the lead.  I have never used SLIME
for lisp (and I have no plans to use it now).  After all these years,
I'm still learning lisp.  I wish we had learned lisp in grad
school instead of prolog.  But that doesn't mean I'm going to
force myself to learn more than I need to know now ;O)

PS.  I have been "forcing" our students to use emacs because it is
not just about ESS; emacs has many wonderful modes that they will
benefit from; many that I don't even use myself.  That's the beauty!
This whole SLIME discussion is an interesting example for the
developers as well.


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