[Rd] Package development process?

From: Spencer Graves <spencer.graves_at_structuremonitoring.com>
Date: Tue, 15 Jun 2010 18:45:02 -0700


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

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(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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