[ESS] [OT] Best Practices Emacs / ESS Mini-Webinars

Dirk Eddelbuettel edd @end|ng |rom deb|@n@org
Mon Dec 28 23:37:34 CET 2020

Hi Stephen,

On 28 December 2020 at 16:23, Stephen Bond wrote:
| I have been struggling with trying to follow the steps in 
| https://r-pkgs.org/ and the best thing would be to have a similar
| online book showing the steps with ESS. the Hadley book is chained to
| RStudio and they assume everybody uses RStudio, so many examples do not
| work as expected when run inside ESS/emacs. there is also some

Let's step back. Some of us have been building packages for longer than
either the book or RStudio existed. The canonical reference is still WRE.

FWIW I distilled (short) command-line wrappers off it too, so I use
   build.r      # create a tar.gz
   rcc.r        # check the tar.gz (using rcmdcheck::rcmdcheck)
   check.r      # check the tar.gz (more like R CMD check)
   install.r    # install it
and so on _all the time_ often in a bash shell / tmux session. The command
are also all callable from Emacs/ESS as commands and e.g. I always do
compile-command (i.e. C-x C-c, then calling render.r) to process markdown.
For package building many other people also use devtools; I understand that
is now integrated with ESS and would be new to me too. There are (as always)
many ways to go about this. 

| completely undocumented menus like (Select package for evaluation) not
| mentioned on the official ESS page: 
| https://ess.r-project.org/Manual/ess.html
| I am willing to help and donate time if you can start with such an
| online book.

AFAIK nobody promised a book.  We suggest(ed) and still work on a series of
*short* and *focused* intros to topics. The current list is at

Package building is but one topic, but it would be great if you could help
with this.

| Cheers, really happy this may be happening.

Yes. Let's see if we can pull this off.


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