[Rd] Advice on Namespaces

Bert Gunter gunter.berton at gene.com
Mon Sep 10 18:11:28 CEST 2012

Hi Folks:

I'm writing a little package that may not ever hit CRAN or even be
distributed beyond a relatively narrow audience at my company.
Nevertheless, I have tried to adhere to practices that would work if
it were. With that in mind, I have read the Writing R Extensions
Manual (and my humble kudos to its writers, as it has  successfully
guided even an ignoramus like myself ) and Luke Tierney's R Newsletter
documentation on Namespaces. However, it is still not clear to me (see
above ignoramus comment!) what functions -- and especially which S3
methods whose generics I define in my package -- should be exported
and which should not. Perusing other packages also didn't reveal any
clear patterns from which I could infer best practice.

So may I ask for advice or any references that would provide such
guidelines. Feel free to keep replies private if this query in not
appropriate for this list. Many thanks.



Bert Gunter
Genentech Nonclinical Biostatistics

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