Using The glue Package In R

Kevin Feasel

2018-08-24

R

Evgeni Chasnovski shows the glue package and also works around some trickiness with NULL:

Recently, fate lead me to try using {glue} in a package. I was very pleased to how it makes code more readable, which I believe is a very important during package development. However, I stumbled upon this pretty unexpected behavior:

y <- NULL
paste("I have", x, "apples and", y, "oranges.")
## [1] "I have 10 apples and oranges."
str(glue("I have {x} apples and {y} oranges."))
## Classes 'glue', 'character' chr(0)

If one of the expressions is evaluated into NULL then the output becomes empty string.

glue reminds me of string formatting in .NET languages.  On the whole, that’s a good thing.

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