[ESS] ESS + Maxima

Vitalie Spinu spinuvit at gmail.com
Thu Oct 1 10:25:01 CEST 2015

The main issues is not to write the support, but to maintain it. The principle
is develop what you use and stay away from others. I don't think anyone here
would be willing to maintain Maxima.


>> On Wed, Sep 30 2015 13:09, Sparapani, Rodney wrote:

>> Hi,
>> I would like to experiment with adding Maxima support to ESS. While
>> Maxima has an Emacs mode, it is not getting a lot of development, and I
>> think that ESS would offer a lot of features; then I could also use
>> existing code for org-mode integration (current ob-maxima does not
>> support sessions). Also, I use ESS for R and Julia, so it would make my
>> life easier. I have the following questions:
>> 1. Is there any a priori reason why this is a bad idea?

> Interesting phrasing.  These kinds of questions come up from time to
> time.  Here is my view of ESS.  It is made by statisticians for
> statisticians.  We support the languages that they use.  Do you hear
> their cry for Maxima support?

>> 2. I thought I would just look at the other languages, copy its source
>> file and modify accordingly. Which one would you recommend? R seems of
>> course to be the most complete, but at the same time the most complex.

> A couple of years ago, I was playing around with iESS
> and SAS.  I just wanted to see what was the minimum needed to
> make it work (on UNIX/Mac OS X/Linux of course).  Take a look at
> the function ess-sas-interactive.  It is only 18 lines.  However,
> it does leverage some of the ESS[SAS] functionality, but it might
> give you an idea of what it takes to make iESS work. 

>> Best,
>> Tamas
>> PS.: I looked at the mailing list for prior work, but only found
>> https://stat.ethz.ch/pipermail/ess-help/2005-July/002733.html

> Good find 

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