Package Development Workshop (Day 2) - Your First Package


We are thrilled to kick off our 2022 programming by welcoming Joyce Robbins to lead us through a two-day interactive package development workshop! This second hour-long module will guide participants through types of and tools for package documentation. It builds upon material from “Package Development Day 1 - Your First Package” (see Meetup event, however participants can join this second session independently. Besides familiarity with R/RStudio and basic function writing, there are no prerequisites.

RSVP for this workshop is via Google Form:

Course materials are available here: Please note the “Pre-workshop setup” instructions for Windows and Mac.

Agenda for Day 2 (tentative): Noon-1 pm: Lesson

devtools::check(): checking a package Naming your package Licensing your package Adding dependencies Adding examples to documentation Creating vignettes Using git/GitHub Where next? 1-1:30 pm: Lab with Joyce and teaching assistants Erin Grand and Emily Dodwell

Instructor Biography: Joyce Robbins, Ph.D., is Lecturer in Discipline in the Statistics Department at Columbia University, where she specializes in data visualization. She is a member of the R Forwards (R Foundation taskforce on women and other under-represented groups) teaching team, previously served as publications officer of the Statistical Graphics Section of the American Statistical Association Section, and is an active member of RLadies NYC.

Many thanks to Mine Çetinkaya-Rundel and Emma Rand of the R Forwards Teaching Team for their creation of the package development workshop modules on which this session is based. For more information, see

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