It Has Begun
I just pushed release 0.0.1 of ‘CompJournWin8Pro’ to Github. The rough plan is for a Windows desktop/laptop with ‘CompJournWin8Pro’ to be running most of what’s in the Computational Journalism Publishers Workbench. There are a number of things I’m not initially planning to port, however. Most notable among these are the ‘Linux-only’ pseudo-task views ‘Editing’ and ‘ScrapingTools’. Everything that’s available for Windows R and the Python NLTK and NetworkX tools are definitely on the road map.
- Install 64-bit Windows 8 Pro on a 64-bit Intel/AMD system. You need at least 4 GB of RAM for most of these tools to be useful and the more RAM you have, the better. There is no support for
- Windows 8 “core” or Windows 8 RT,
- 32-bit Windows, or
- Older versions of Windows.
- Install R 3.0.0 (or later). Older versions of R are not supported.
- Install the 64-bit R. De-select the 32-bit components unless you know what you’re doing. Having both 64-bit and 32-bit R on your system will most likely just confuse you.
- Open the 64-bit R application. Go to ‘Packages -> Install Packages’ and install the ‘installr’ package. If it asks you if you want to use a personal library, answer ‘Yes’. Answer ‘Yes’ again when it asks to create the personal library.
Go back to the R console and enter the following code at the ‘>’ prompt:
library(installr) install.GitHub() install.RStudio()
- Follow the installation recommendations / defaults for GitHub and RStudio. I strongly recommend opening a free GitHub account if you don’t have one already.
- Start RStudio. On the ‘Packages’ tab, check the box next to ‘installr’. That should load the ‘installr’ library.
- Go to the ‘Console’ window and type
install.git(). Yes, you need both GitHub and Git. RStudio can’t find the version of Git supplied with GitHub.
- In the ‘Select Components’ screen, accept the defaults.
- In the ‘Adjusting your PATH environment’ screen, select the bottom option: ‘Run Git and included Unix tools from the Windows command prompt’. This is required for RStudio to find the Git tools.
- In the ‘Configuring the line ending conversions’ screen, select the default (first) option.
- Open an issue at https://github.com/znmeb/CompJournWin8Pro/issues/new if anything is broken, unclear, etc.