We Need Trustworthy R Packages

There is a need for rigorous software engineering in R packages, and there is a need for new research to bridge scientific computing with more traditional computing. Automated tools, interdisciplinary graduate courses, code reviews, and a welcoming developer community will continue to democratize best practices. Democratized software engineering will improve the quality, correctness, and integrity of scientific software, and by extension, the disciplines that rely on it.

William Michael Landau

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testthat, covr, R6

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Landau, "The R Journal: We Need Trustworthy R Packages", The R Journal, 2021

BibTeX citation

  author = {Landau, William Michael},
  title = {The R Journal: We Need Trustworthy R Packages},
  journal = {The R Journal},
  year = {2021},
  note = {https://doi.org/10.32614/RJ-2021-109},
  doi = {10.32614/RJ-2021-109},
  volume = {13},
  issue = {2},
  issn = {2073-4859},
  pages = {15-17}