[Rd] Package development process?

Hadley Wickham hadley at rice.edu
Wed Jun 16 16:19:35 CEST 2010

Hi Spencer,

I think it is the emphasis on documentation that makes the R
development process unique.  Many other languages have equivalents to
CRAN and R-forge - few others require the attention to documentation
that R does.


On Tue, Jun 15, 2010 at 8:45 PM, Spencer Graves
<spencer.graves at structuremonitoring.com> wrote:
> Hello, All:
>      What thoughts might you have on "The R Software Package Development
> Process"?
>      I'm looking for ideas, materials, references, and / or collaborators
> for an article on this topic to be submitted to the Communications of the
> ACM.  My limited experience with other languages such as Matlab and Python
> suggests that R may be fairly unique with CRAN and this accompanying package
> development process -- and users of other languages might benefit from
> emulating R in this regard.  We have an immediate deadline of Sept. 15, when
> Sundar and I are scheduled to speak on this topic for the San Francisco Bay
> Chapter of the Association for Computing Machinery.
>      So far my literature search for comparable capabilities for other
> languages have produced essentially nothing comparable.(a)  Sundar and I
> added a section on "Selected Repositories" to the Wikipedia "Software
> repository" entry (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Software_repository).
>      Thanks,
>      Spencer Graves
> ##################
> (a) I have material discussed by Merijn de Jonge, Eindhoven University of
> Technology on "Package-Based Software Development" at the 29th Euromicro
> Conference (EUROMICRO'03),
> Belek-Antalya, Turkey, September 01-September 06
> (http://www.computer.org/portal/web/csdl/doi/10.1109/EURMIC.2003.1231570).
>  I'm also familiar with material by Friedrich Leisch, Sundar and I on
> "Creating R Packages" available as contributed documentation from CRAN.
> --
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