This work is still in progres. I think, however, it can already resonate with some people in the community. The communication I am hopeful for should lead to a better design and maybe getting valuable tools faster. The main goal is to extend the base R’s history mechanism (see ?history) which currently gives access to … More Reproducible research and a repository of artifacts, a RFC
What would you say if you could automatically wrap your R pipeline – which consists of numerous functions and variables – into a single function? What would you say if you could do it repeatedly, with no extra effort regardless of its complexity? Would you store it to document your progress at that particular moment in … More Deferred & Remote Function Execution in R
Today I spent a few hours debugging a hanging R process that left a zombie sh which so far suggests bug (race condition?) in R’s system2() call. Anyway, it soon turned out that the only way to see what’s happening with R is to use gdb, which I personally dread. It is so because I haven’t found … More Inspecting R in GDB (with Python)
I’ve been trying to find a way to introduce threads to R. I guess there can be many reasons to do that, among which I could mention simplified input/output logic, sending tasks to the background (e.g. building a model asynchronously), running computation-intensive tasks in parallel (e.g. parallel, chunk-wise var() on a large vector). Finally, it’s … More (A Very) Experimental Threading in R
Here’s a new package that brings to R new API to handle child processes – similar to how Python handles them. Unlike the already available system() and system2() calls from the base package or the mclapply() function from the parallel package, this new API is aimed at handling long-lived child processes that can be controlled by the parent R process in a … More A new `subprocess` package for R
I’ve been trying to find a R equivalent to Python’s subprocess and so far I’ve failed. Since a capability to handle child processes in a way that’s more sophisticated than a simple system() call (R has two of them, system() and system2()) might turn out handy I decided to build a new package for R. It’s name is … More Subprocess in R?