[ESS] ESS + Maxima

Vitalie Spinu @p|nuv|t @end|ng |rom gm@||@com
Thu Oct 1 11:37:22 CEST 2015

Julia is simpler than R and it relies on external julia-mode.el. I guess that
would be the case for maxima as well, you will be relying on external


>> On Thu, Oct 01 2015 10:33, Tamas Papp wrote:

> I would be happy to maintain it, since I use it regularly.

> Note that I am not asking anyone else to write it, I am simply asking
> for help with writing it myself. It would be great to have a "how to add
> your language to ESS" guide, but I understand that this is not a
> priority because of what you say below (if adding is easy, maintaining
> is still an issue).

> Vitalie, in your opinion which ESS language implementation is best as a
> template for a new one?

> Best,

> Tamas

> On Thu, Oct 01 2015, Vitalie Spinu <spinuvit using gmail.com> wrote:

>> 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.
>>   Vitalie
>>>> 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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