Re: [R] [slightly off topic] Sweave with markdown

From: Gabor Grothendieck <ggrothendieck_at_gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 23 May 2008 08:30:10 -0400

You could check out the brew package:

https://stat.ethz.ch/pipermail/r-packages/2007/000327.html

On Fri, May 23, 2008 at 4:37 AM, baptiste Auguié <ba208_at_exeter.ac.uk> wrote:
> DeaR list,
>
> Has anyone tried to mix the Sweave paradigm with the Markdown[*] (and co.)
> syntax? Would this be hard to implement? My tiny understanding of Sweave is
> that one can define new drivers for the text part, while some functions that
> deal with the R code would not require any modification. Here's the reason
> I'm interested in Mardown for a driver.
>
> I've been orbiting around Sweave for several weeks, and while I understand
> the great value of this "literate programming", I'm a bit put off by the
> technical aspect. I'm a LateX user, and a R user (you'd have guessed, albeit
> fairly novice), so the problem is not to get it working (i got some writings
> done with Sweave), but more of getting an efficient workflow. I find the
> LaTeX commands overly intruding in the middle of my R source code, plus the
> relatively slow compilation of latex makes it quite impractical for quick
> studies ( I once spent 20 minutes trying to get the graph to be at a
> sensible scale on the page).
>
> As an alternative, I'm resorting to having a folder per study (I'm
> physicist, doing data analysis for optical spectroscopy), with one R file
> per analysis and a text file to keep track of the experimental conditions.
> When the data is really important / interesting, I've also tried to write a
> package: great for storing the data, functions and commands in a consistent
> manner (this works fine, but it cannot be a solution for quick trial
> experiments. Also, the figures cannot be included in the html doc as far as
> I know.)
>
> I was considering some alternatives to Sweave, namely R2HTML and odfWeave,
> but in the former the source syntax is no less disturbing than LaTeX
> (although the zero compilation time is a plus), while for the latter I do
> not have a decent compatible editor (on a Mac, I tried Openoffice and
> Abiword but the fonts look like my handwriting for some obscure reason).
> Maybe I'll give it another shot at some stage, I just usually prefer plain
> text files.
>
> Any input welcome,
>
> Baptiste
>
> [*]: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Markdown
>
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