One of the reasons I don’t like R

I never liked R. I didn’t like it for the first time I tried to learn it, I didn’t like it when I had to switch to R as my primary work tool at my previous job. And didn’t like it one and a half year later, when I was comfortable enough to add R to my CV, right before leaving my previous job.

Today, I was reminded of one feature (out of so many) that made dislike R. It’s its import (or library, as they call it in R) feature. In Python, you can import a_module and then use its components by calling a_model.a_function. Simple and predictable. In R, you have to read the docs in order to understand what will happen to your namespace after you have library(a.module) (I know, those dots grrrr) in your code. This feature is so annoying that people write modules that help them using other modules. Like in this blog post, which looks like an interesting thing to do, but … wouldn’t it be easier to use Python?


Data is the new

I stumbled upon a rant titled  Data is not the new oil — Tech Insights

You’ve heard it many times and so have I: “Data is the new oil” Well it isn’t. At least not yet. I don’t care how I get oil for my car or heating. I simply decide what to cook and where to drive when I want. I’m unconcerned which mechanism is used to refine oil […]

Funny, in my own rant “data is not the new gold“, I claimed that “oil” was a better analogy for data than gold. Obviously, any “X is the new Y” sentences are problematic but it’s still funny how we like them.