PrettyR R

November 1, 2012

(This article was first published on A Distant ObserveR, and kindly contributed to R-bloggers)

When it comes to R blogging I’m a complete newbie. So I’m still struggling with the technical details.

Part of the process is prettifying the code snippets. One of the standard ways of doing this involves copy-and-paste-ing the R code into the Pretty R syntax highlighter.

While assembling the bits to do the posting programmatically I wrote a function that replaces the copy-and-paste part.

Now here’s the function prettified by itself:

prettyR <- function(file) {
Rcode <- readLines(file)
Rcode <- paste(Rcode, collapse="\n")
# assemble the parameters for the http POST to the Pretty R web site
URL <- ""
parameters <- list(
op = "edit-submit",
form_id = "pretty_r_tool_form",
code_input = Rcode
# send the http POST request
rawHTML <- postForm(URL, .params = parameters)
parsedHTML <- htmlParse(rawHTML)
# find the node
prettified <- getNodeSet(parsedHTML, "//div[@class='form-item']/textarea")[[1]]
prettified <- xmlValue(prettified[[1]])

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