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

Deepayan Sarkar deep@y@n@@@rk@r @end|ng |rom gm@||@com
Tue Dec 29 15:17:05 CET 2020

On Tue, Dec 29, 2020 at 4:07 AM Dirk Eddelbuettel via ESS-help
<ess-help using r-project.org> wrote:
> 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
> http://collabedit.com/537yq
> 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.

I'm hoping to learn a lot from this.

Although it's not the immediate goal, I think it would be good to
eventually have a readable version of the topics covered in the
webinars, sort of in-between a book and the docs. I will be happy to
help with that effort.


> Dirk
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