Summary: Continue building on crantastic to add more features needed by the community.

Description: Last year’s google summer of code project achieved its goals of implementing the basic infrastructure for users to find, rate and review R packages. Currently crantastic receives about 6,500 visitors a month, mainly (70%) as a result of searching for R packages using google. Some ideas for possible enhancements are:

  • intelligent package diffs so it’s easy to see what has changed between versions
  • a comprehensive function index to make it easy for users to what package a function lives in and for developers to find possible conflicts between packages
  • display top related conversations from the R-help mailing list

The developer would also be expected to be a crantastic evangelist, engaging with the R community to encourage their participation in crantastic and figuring out will be most useful for the community.

Skills required: Web design/development, Ruby on Rails. Also helpful is some experience using R.

Test: Fork the crantastic source code from and improve the existing source code in some way, by either refactoring existing code to make it cleaner and more maintainable or by implementing a small new feature.

Mentor: Hadley Wickham

developers/projects/gsoc2010/crantastic2.txt · Last modified: 2010/02/26 by hadley
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