[ESS] Feature idea: insert expression before <- at point
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Mon May 6 15:11:26 CEST 2019
I think Sven wants to evaluate his R code as R code though.
On Mon, May 6, 2019 at 4:26 AM Vitalie Spinu via ESS-help <
ess-help using r-project.org> wrote:
> Hi Sven,
> My suggestion would be that instead of cluttering your code with such "old
> fashion" assignments you would switch to dplyr mutate or data.table's
> :=. Both are the de-facto standards in the wild by now.
> >> On Tue, Apr 30 2019 15:28, Alex Branham via ESS-help wrote:
> > On Tue 30 Apr 2019 at 13:25, Sven Hartenstein via ESS-help <
> ess-help using r-project.org> wrote:
> >> Dear ESS users and developers,
> >> when writing R code to manipulate an object or data frame column, I
> >> often find myself retyping the expression on the left side of "<-" as
> >> some argument for a function call or assignment on the right side of
> >> "<-".
> >> Here are two examples. Imagine your point is at _POINT_ and you want to
> >> insert 'data[,"columnA"]' in the first example and in the second example
> >> 'data[ data[,"columnB"] < 123 ,"columnA"]' at point.
> >> data[,"columnA"] <- tolower(_POINT_)
> >> data[ data[,"columnB"] > 123 ,"columnA"] <- gsub("xxx",
> >> "yyy",
> >> _POINT_,
> >> fixed=TRUE)
> >> Wouldn't it be handy to have a lisp function which copies the expression
> >> on the left side of "<-" and inserts it at point?
> >> Or is something like this already available in ESS?
> > Not to my knowledge, no.
> >> What do you think?
> > I don't think it's a terrible idea; I've found myself wanting to do that
> > several times in the past (though less so now with magrittr pipes).
> > I guess implementation-wise the tricky bit would be figuring out what to
> > do in the case of 1) more than one assignment e.g. x <- y <- 2 and also
> > 2) how to find the start of the "left" side. It would be tricky to
> > differentiate between:
> > x[[
> > 1]] <- 1
> > and
> > x <- 1
> > y <- 2
> > since we can't reliably detect complete R, especially not backwards. I
> > guess one quick workaround would be to work with indentation --- just to
> > take all the lines starting with whitespace before the <- until we find
> > one all-whitespace line or the first line that doesn't start with
> > whitespace.
> > Thanks for the suggestion,
> > Alex
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