Why I love open source!

December 3, 2010

(This article was first published on From the bottom of the heap » R, and kindly contributed to R-bloggers)

Today I had a great reminder of why I love open source software and why I spend a bit of my time contributing R code to several packages.

In the vegan, I had included some code to do an analysis of multivariate dispersions. Bone-headedness on my part meant that if you tried to plot the ordination results behind the model/test for any axes other than the first two, the code failed. A user (Sarah Goslee) spotted this and emailed me with a fix to the code, that I had integrated and added to the vegan source tree on R-Forge within about 30 mins of Sarah’s email landing in my in-box.

This particular bug was fixed in the forthcoming 1.17.5 release of vegan.

Don’t you just love open source!

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