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drat 0.0.2: Improved Support for Lightweight R Repositories

March 1, 2015
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A few weeks ago we introduced the drat package. Its name stands for drat R Archive Template, and it helps with easy-to-create and easy-to-use repositories for R packages. Two early blog posts describe drat: First Steps Towards Lightweight Repositorie...

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RcppEigen 0.3.2.4.0

February 28, 2015
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A new release of RcppEigen is now on CRAN and in Debian. It synchronizes the Eigen code with the 3.2.4 upstream release, and updates the RcppEigen.package.skeleton() package creation helper to use the kitten() function from pkgKitten for enhanced pac...

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RcppArmadillo 0.4.650.1.1 (and also 0.4.650.2.0)

February 26, 2015
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A new Armadillo release 4.650.1 was released by Conrad a few days ago. Armadillo is a powerful and expressive C++ template library for linear algebra aiming towards a good balance between speed and ease of use with a syntax deliberately close to a Matlab. It turned out that this release had one shortcoming with respect to the C++11...

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drat Tutorial: Publishing a package

February 22, 2015
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Introduction The drat package was released earlier this month, and described in a first blog post. I received some helpful feedback about what works and what doesn't. For example, Jenny Bryan pointed out that I was not making a clear enough distinction between the role of using drat to publish code, and using drat to...

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RcppAPT 0.0.1

February 21, 2015
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Over the last few days I put together a new package RcppAPT which interfaces the C++ library behind the awesome apt, apt-get, apt-cache, ... commands and their GUI-based brethren. The package currently implements two functions which permit search for package information via a regular expression, as well as a (vectorised) package name-based check. More to come, and contributions would...

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RPushbullet 0.2.0

February 9, 2015
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A new releases of the RPushbullet package (interfacing the neat Pushbullet service) arrived on CRAN today. It brings several weeks of extensions, corrections and cleanups---with key contributions by Mike Birdgeneau and Henrik Bengtsson. RPushbullet n...

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rfoaas 0.1.3

February 7, 2015
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A brand new version of rfoaas is now on CRAN. It shadows the 0.1.3 release of FOAAS just how an earlier 0.1.2 had done (but there was something not quite right at the server backend which we coded around with an interim release 0.1.2.1; neither one of these was ever released to CRAN). The rfoaas package provides...

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drat Tutorial: First Steps towards Lightweight R Repositories

February 7, 2015
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Now that drat is on CRAN and I got a bit of feedback (or typo corrections) in three issue tickets, I thought I could show how to quickly post such an interim version in a drat repository. Now, I obviously already have a checkout of drat. If you, dear reader, wanted to play along and create your...

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Introducing drat: Lightweight R Repositories

February 5, 2015
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A new package of mine just got to CRAN in its very first version 0.0.1: drat. Its name stands for drat R Archive Template, and an introduction is provided at the drat page, the GitHub repository, and below. drat builds on a core strength of R: the ability to query multiple repositories. Just how one...

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RcppStreams 0.1.0

February 2, 2015
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RcppStreams 0.1.0

The new package RcppStreams arrived on CRAN on Saturday. RcppStreams brings the excellent Streamulus C++ template library for event stream processing to R. Streamulus, written by Irit Katriel, uses very clever template meta-programming (via Boost Fu...

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