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From "Matthias Boehm" <>
Subject Re: remove castAsScalar?
Date Fri, 22 Apr 2016 00:42:20 GMT

Let's be careful not to unnecessarily break backwards compatibility. How
about we collect all instances of language builtin functions that we want
to remove and clean them up with our 1.0 release later this year? There are
other instances like ppred that do not exist in R and meanwhile redundant
in DML (but still heavily used).


From:	Deron Eriksson <>
Date:	04/21/2016 05:33 PM
Subject:	remove castAsScalar?


In the ongoing discussion concerning printing a matrix (at, I noticed that
castAsScalar was introduced to the language as a mistake. It has been
replaced by as.scalar but castAsScalar has been kept around until now for
historical reasons. Since it is redundant and we are an open source
project, can we now go ahead and remove it, since having two ways to
accomplish the same thing (as.scalar and castAsScalar) can be confusing to
new users?


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