Mon, 09 Jul 2007

Announcing CRANberries

Earlier today I sent an announcement to the r-packages list. It describes CRANberries, two simple RSS feeds that summarize both 'new' and 'updated' packages at CRAN, the archive network for R. I cooked this up rather quickly using a few lines of R, a small SQLite db backend and the old Blosxom blog engine. A tip of the hat to Barry Rowlingson who almost immediately suggested to use the lol format instead.

The hope is that this proves helpful for keeping tabs on the amazing growth of CRAN (which is now at over one thousand packages) as well as the number of updates to existing packages. The feed(s) can be consumed standalone, or via the brand new Planet R aggregator that Elijah announced today too.

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