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August 27, 2009


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Perhaps one of the greatest benefits of writing an R package is encapsulation. Without using R packages it's very difficult to create namespaces in R (without hackery). I'm still a bit unhappy with the .Rd format of documentation for R. I tend to use comments in my code as per the google doc standards, but find that writing Rd files for my own personal use is unnecessary.

'R CMD check' is slow and usually checks for things that one doesn't necessarily care about if a package is not being submitted to CRAN, ie. Rd formatting.

I've written a simple python script that uses the RUnit package and tests defined in a inst/tests/suites.R file. I can send it to you if you'd like

Tutorial concept explained with useful ideas and interesting guidelines.


The link to the tutorial is now broken. As of 2013.09.25, it is http://cran.r-project.org/doc/contrib/Leisch-CreatingPackages.pdf

@Doug, thanks -- I have updated the post.

Hi David,

The link in the post still isn't updated/functioning. Doug's link works fine though :)


@Cyrille, the link should work now -- thanks.

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