Formally defined methods and classes for R objects, plus other programming tools, as described in the references.
This package provides the “S4” or “S version 4” approach to methods and classes in a functional language.
For basic use of the techniques, start with Introduction and
follow the links there to the key functions for programming, notably
Some specific topics:
Creating one, see
examining definitions, see
classRepresentation; inheritance and coercing,
Basic programming, see
setGeneric; the class of objects, see
genericFunction; other functions to examine or
manipulate them, see GenericFunctions.
Using classes, see
These pages will have additional links to related topics.
For a complete
list of functions and classes, use
R Core Team
Maintainer: R Core Team Remail@example.com
Chambers, John M. (2016) Extending R, Chapman & Hall. (Chapters 9 and 10.)
Chambers, John M. (2008) Software for Data Analysis: Programming with R Springer. (Chapter 10 has some additional details.)