Package Development Workshop (Day 1) - 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 first module will guide participants through creation of their first package. Besides familiarity with R/RStudio and basic function writing, there are no prerequisites.

RSVP for this workshop is via Google Form: For more information about “Package Development Day 2 - Package Documentation,” see Meetup event Participants are welcome to join either or both sessions.

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

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

Where do R package come from? Why create R packages? Packages vs. scripts Creating initial package files Adding functions to the package Package states devtools::load_all(): testing and modifying functions devtools::document(): documenting your functions 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 materials on which this session is based. For more information, see

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