New version of devtools: 0.8

September 16, 2012

(This article was first published on RStudio Blog, and kindly contributed to R-bloggers)

We’re pleased to announce a new version of devtools, the package that makes R package development easy. The main features in this version are:

  • A complete rewrite of the code loading system which simulates namespace loading much more accurately – this means using load_all is much closer to installing and loading the package. It also compiles and loads C, C++ and Fortran code in the src/ directory.
  • All devtools command now only take a path to a package and default to using the working directory if no path is supplied.
  • All R commands are run in --vanilla mode and print the console command that’s run.
  • Install github now allows you to install from pull request and private repositories.

Plus much, much more – for a complete list of changes, see the NEWS on github. If you’re interested in package development with devtools you may also want to join the rdevtools mailing list.

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