CRANberries is now tweeting

January 23, 2011
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The CRANberries
service (which reports on new and updated
CRAN
packages for the
R language and environment) is now
tweeting about new packages. Simply follow @CRANberriesFeed to
receive theses messages.

For the technically minded, adding this to the existing 200-line program which runs all of
CRANberries
was very easy.
CRANberries
relies only on
R itself and a few Unix tools like
diffstat as well as the
simple blosxom txt-to-html/rss ‘blog compiler’.
The tweeting itself is now done by this new function

tweetNewBlogEntry <- function(curPkg, curVer, reposurl) {
    ## tests reveal that pipe(), cat(), close() is easiest
    ## to send multiple messages, may need --background option
    con <- pipe("bti --config bti.conf", "w")
    cat("New CRAN package", curPkg, "with initial version", curVer, " http://goo.gl/pgljT\n", file=con)
    close(con)
}

which simply pipes the message in Greg KH’s
bti program (which is now a new dependency).
Special thanks to its Debian maintainer Gregor Herrmann for some helpful
emails; I am using the newest
release 0.29
which itself needs liboauth0.
Once OAuth tokens are set-up (and see
here for how to do that)
all we need is the three-liner above.

At this point I am not too sure what to do about updated packages. One
message per updated package seems too noisy. To be seen—comments or suggestions welcome.

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