R Packages, easy as a delicious dessert
At the beginning of my post-doc, my adviser told me that she wanted me to write and R package. I told her I didn’t know how to do that, and she told me to figure it out. It’s really not that difficult and incredible rewarding. Even if you never put your package on CRAN, it’s a worthwhile exercise to see how R packages are made. And who knows, maybe you’ll be the next Hadley Wickham………
I have long wanted to write R packages. But for some reason, I thought that I wasn’t capable of such a feat. “R package authors are super stars, I’m just me,” I would think in a mix of despair and admiration, marveling at some new and useful R package, and wishing I could create such functional beauty.
But now the day I have long dreamed of has arrived! I have authored an R package, and it is perhaps the most satisfying feeling I have ever had using R. Trust that I have had many R-related feelings, so I do not make this statement lightly. On top of now holding myself in higher regard, I am also wondering what the heck took me so long?
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