[Rd] R CMD check with Matlab and perl?

Duncan Murdoch murdoch at stats.uwo.ca
Sun Nov 2 18:46:47 CET 2008

Spencer Graves wrote:
> Hi, All: 
>       How might one test Matlab and perl code during "R CMD check"? 
>       I ask for two reasons:  First, the "fda" package exists in both R 
> and Matlab, and it would help if we could run test examples in Matlab as 
> part of "R CMD check".  I tried "R.matlab", but could not get it to work 
> in that context. 

Can you run the tests from the command line?  If so, you should be able 
to call them from system() in a script in the tests directory,
or in an example section of an Rd file.

Duncan Murdoch
>       Second, I have professional colleagues who write code in Matlab 
> and perl, but have no unit or regression testing.  If I could test 
> Matlab and perl from within "R CMD check" examples, I think I could get 
> them to use it, because it would produce more "trustworthy software" 
> [the "Prime Directive" of Chambers (2008) Software for Data Analysis 
> (Springer)] AND give them documentation at the same time -- while 
> simultaneously reducing the cost of producing and maintaining code to 
> given specifications. 
>       Thanks,
>       Spencer
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