[ESS] ESS 15.03 released

Martin Maechler maechler at stat.math.ethz.ch
Wed Apr 1 09:15:37 CEST 2015

Dear  ESS  users,
Last night, shortly before the end of March (= '03'), I have
relased   ESS 15.03.

To get it, use http://ess.r-project.org/index.php?Section=download

This release is not showing off dramatically new features but
the amount of improvements and small bug fixes is well worth

For more details, the first part of the ANNOUNCE file
is included below, notably with the  'New Features' for 15.03.

For the ESS Core Team,
Martin Maechler, 
ETH Zurich



The ESS Developers proudly announce the release of ESS 15.03

   Emacs Speaks Statistics (ESS) provides an intelligent, consistent
interface between the user and the software.  ESS interfaces with
R/S-PLUS, SAS, BUGS/JAGS, Stata and other statistical analysis packages
under the UNIX, GNU Linux, Microsoft Windows, Mac OS X and other
operating systems.  ESS is a package for the GNU Emacs and XEmacs text
editors whose features ESS uses to streamline the creation and use of
statistical software.  ESS knows the syntax and grammar of statistical
analysis packages and provides consistent display and editing features
based on that knowledge.  ESS assists in interactive and batch execution
of statements written in these statistical analysis languages.

   ESS is freely available under the GNU General Public License (GPL).
Please read the file COPYING which comes with the distribution, for more
information about the license.  For more detailed information, please
read the README files that come with ESS.

1.1 Getting the Latest Version

The latest released version of ESS is always available on the web at:
ESS web page (http://ess.r-project.org) or StatLib

1.1.1 Git for ESS development

For development and experimentation on new ESS features, there is now a
GitHub branch for ESS, available at <https://github.com/emacs-ess/ESS>.

1.2 Current Features

   * Languages Supported:
        * S family (R and S+ AKA S-PLUS)
        * SAS
        * OpenBUGS/JAGS
        * Stata
        * Julia
   * Editing source code (S family, SAS, OpenBUGS/JAGS, Stata, Julia)
        * Syntactic indentation and highlighting of source code
        * Partial evaluation of code
        * Loading and error-checking of code
        * Source code revision maintenance
        * Batch execution (SAS, OpenBUGS/JAGS)
        * Use of imenu to provide links to appropriate functions
   * Interacting with the process (S family, SAS, Stata, Julia)
        * Command-line editing
        * Searchable Command history
        * Command-line completion of S family object names and file
        * Quick access to object lists and search lists
        * Transcript recording
        * Interface to the help system
   * Transcript manipulation (S family, Stata)
        * Recording and saving transcript files
        * Manipulating and editing saved transcripts
        * Re-evaluating commands from transcript files
   * Interaction with Help Pages and other Documentation (R)
        * Fast Navigation
        * Sending Examples to running ESS process.
        * Fast Transfer to Further Help Pages
   * Help File Editing (R)
        * Syntactic indentation and highlighting of source code.
        * Sending Examples to running ESS process.
        * Previewing

1.3 Requirements

ESS is most likely to work with current/recent versions of the following
statistical packages: R/S-PLUS, SAS, Stata, OpenBUGS and JAGS.

   ESS supports current, and recent, stable versions of GNU Emacs
(currently, specifically, the 23.x and 24.x series;
alpha/beta/pre-release versions are NOT SUPPORTED). Non-Windows users
beware: GNU Emacs 24.3 is preferable to 24.1 or 24.2: these broken
builds suffer from bug 12463
<http://debbugs.gnu.org/cgi/bugreport.cgi?bug=12463> which will cause
emacs and ESS to get progressively slower over time.

   Due to XEmacs lacking some features that ESS requires, ESS support of
XEmacs ends with ESS 12.04-4.  This decision will be re-visited in the
future as XEmacs continues to sync with GNU Emacs.

   To build the PDF documentation, you will need a version of TeX Live
or texinfo that includes texi2dvi (BEWARE: recent TeX Live, and some
texinfo RPMs, do NOT include texi2dvi).

1.4 Stability

All recent released versions are meant to be release-quality versions.
While some new features are being introduced, we are cleaning up and
improving the interface.  We know that there are many remaining
opportunities for documentation improvements, but all contributors are
volunteers and time is precious.  Patches or suggested fixes with bug
reports are much appreciated!

1.5 Mailing List

There is a mailing list for discussions and announcements relating to
ESS. Join the list by sending an e-mail with "subscribe ess-help" (or
"help") in the body to <ess-help-request at stat.math.ethz.ch>;
contributions to the list may be mailed to <ess-help at stat.math.ethz.ch>.
Rest assured, this is a fairly low-volume mailing list.

   The purposes of the mailing list include

   * helping users of ESS to get along with it.
   * discussing aspects of using ESS on Emacs and XEmacs.
   * suggestions for improvements.
   * announcements of new releases of ESS.
   * posting small patches to ESS.

1.6 Reporting Bugs

Please send bug reports, suggestions etc.  to
<ESS-bugs at stat.math.ethz.ch>

   The easiest way to do this is within Emacs by typing

   'M-x ess-submit-bug-report'

   This also gives the maintainers valuable information about your
installation which may help us to identify or even fix the bug.

   If Emacs reports an error, backtraces can help us debug the problem.
Type "M-x set-variable RET debug-on-error RET t RET". Then run the
command that causes the error and you should see a *Backtrace* buffer
containing debug information; send us that buffer.

   Note that comments, suggestions, words of praise and large cash
donations are also more than welcome.

1.7 Authors

   * A.J. Rossini (mailto:blindglobe at gmail.com)
   * Richard M. Heiberger (mailto:rmh at temple.edu)
   * Kurt Hornik (mailto:Kurt.Hornik at R-project.org)
   * Martin Maechler (mailto:maechler at stat.math.ethz.ch)
   * Rodney A. Sparapani (mailto:rsparapa at mcw.edu)
   * Stephen Eglen (mailto:stephen at gnu.org)
   * Sebastian P. Luque (mailto:spluque at gmail.com)
   * Henning Redestig (mailto:henning.red at googlemail.com)
   * Vitalie Spinu (mailto:spinuvit at gmail.com)

1.8 License

The source and documentation of ESS is free software.  You can
redistribute it and/or modify it under the terms of the GNU General
Public License as published by the Free Software Foundation; either
version 2, or (at your option) any later version.

   ESS is distributed in the hope that it will be useful, but WITHOUT
ANY WARRANTY; without even the implied warranty of MERCHANTABILITY or
FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE. See the GNU General Public License in
the file COPYING in the same directory as this file for more details.

1.9 New Features

Changes and New Features in 15.03:
   * ESS[R]: Full native support for 'company-mode'.
   * ESS[R]: More efficient caching algorithm for R completion.
   * ESS: New offset variable 'ess-close-paren-offset' to control the
     indentation of the closing parentheses.
   * ESS[R]: Ask for CRAN mirror only once per emacs session.
   * ESS[R]: Detect 'library' and 'require' calls for better completion
   * Buffer display is now customizable ('ess-show-buffer-action').
   * Use 'y-or-n-p' instead of 'yes-or-no-p' throughout.
   * More support for ODS in ess-sas-graph-view.
   * Makefiles are now both UNIX and GNU friendly.
   * ESS[R]: Simplify directory lookup in 'ess-developer' (#137).
   * Make closed paren indentation consistent

   Bug Fixes in 15.03:
   * Fix open brace indentation bug (#27 in ess/R-ESS-bugs.R).
   * Fix git version lookup
   * Don't check directory modtime in R dialect.
   * Declare all ess macros for edebug.
   * Add 'ess-smart-comma' to eldoc message functions.
   * Inform users when retrieving RDA aliases.
   * Line ending in '~' is also a continuation line.
   * Filing roxy paragraphs works as expected now.
   * In 'ess-developer-add-package', remove incorrect 'wait' argument
     from 'ess-get-words-from-vector' call.
   * Fix #96, #117, #120, #125, #134, #137.
   * Fix ess-quit-r.  Call base::q() even if it is masked.
   * Fix 'ess-show-buffer' to always display the buffer in another
   * Makefile: Fix cd bug for directories with spaces in them
   * 'ess-kill-buffer-and-go' modified to not restart R


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