Re: [R] The steps of building library in R 2.1.1

From: Uwe Ligges <ligges_at_statistik.uni-dortmund.de>
Date: Fri 22 Jul 2005 - 01:49:44 EST

Duncan Murdoch wrote:

> On 7/21/2005 10:29 AM, Uwe Ligges wrote:
> 

>>Gabor Grothendieck wrote:
>>
>>
>>>I think you have been using R too long. Something like
>>>this is very much needed. There are two problems:
>>>
>>>1. the process itself is too complex (need to get rid of perl,
>>> integrate package development tools with package installation
>>> procedure [it should be as easy as downloading a package],
>>> remove necessity to set or modify any environment variables
>>> including the path variables).
>>>
>>>2. there is too much material to absorb just to create a package.
>>> The manuals are insufficient.
>>>
>>>A step-by-step simplification is very much needed. Its no
>>>coincidence that there are a number of such descriptions on
>>>the net (google for 'making creating R package') since I would
>>>guess that just about everyone has significant problems in creating
>>>their first package on Windows.
>>
>>OK, if people really think this is required, I will sit down on a clean
>>Windows XP machine, do the setup, and write it down for the next R Help
>>Desk in R News -- something like "Creating my first R package under
>>Windows"?
>>
>>If anybody else is willing to contribute and can write something up in a
>>manner that is *not* confusing or misleading (none of the other material
>>spread over the web satisfies this requirement, AFAICS), she/he is
>>invited to contribute, of course.
>>
>>BTW, everybody else is invited to submit proposals for R Help Desk!!!
> 
> 
> That sounds great.  Could you also take notes as you go about specific
> problems in the writeup in the R-admin manual, so it can be improved for
> the next release?

Of course.

> Another thing you could do which would be valuable:  get a student or
> someone else who is reasonably computer literate, but unfamiliar with R
> details, to do this while you sit watching and recording their mistakes.

Good idea.

Uwe

> Duncan Murdoch



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