snapmeta contains a collection of utility functions for the development of other SNAPverse packages. snapmeta is a satellite package of the SNAPverse collection of R packages.

Package setup

The biggest convenience of snapmeta is the streamlined, semi-automated SNAPverse package creation setup process. First, take a look at the helpful reminders in the console output from reminders. It will be somewhat specific to your account and project if you pass arguments. For example, using my defaults:


This should all be familiar if you develop R packages, but it can be easy to occasionally neglect a step. The recommendations are not completely universal, however, and cater specifically to SNAPverse package development.

If it meets all needs, run:

If something different is needed, ignore the above wrapper function. Instead, make individual calls to whichever package setup functions are required.

Getting info from the verse

A table of all SNAPverse packages can be obtained by:

#> # A tibble: 25 x 3
#>    pkg       type      local
#>    <chr>     <chr>     <lgl>
#>  1 snapverse sector    FALSE
#>  2 snaplite  sector    FALSE
#>  3 snapdata  sector    FALSE
#>  4 snapwebs  sector    FALSE
#>  5 snapstat  functions FALSE
#>  6 snapplot  functions FALSE
#>  7 snaplocs  functions FALSE
#>  8 snapprep  functions FALSE
#>  9 alfresco  functions FALSE
#> 10 snapclim  data      FALSE
#> # ... with 15 more rows

The table includes columns giving the section of the verse a package belongs to and whether or not a local git repository/R source package exists sharing the same parent directory as the current package (current working directory). A short list of the latter existing local packages can be obtained by:

#> [1] "snapmeta.Rproj"

Shiny apps support

snapmeta is also used to assist the snapapps package with integrating new Shiny apps into its collection. snapapps is an R package in the apps and docs sector of the SNAPverse that essentially serves as a repository of SNAP Shiny app examples in package form.

While in the process of developing or updating snapapps an new Shiny app can be conveniently added to the package. As the name suggests, id may be vectorized so that you can add multiple apps at once.

use_apps(id = c("my_new_app1", "my_new_app2"))

By default this will also add a template DESCRIPTION file and template file to the package now inside snapapps. It is assumed the app does not already have these. If it does, set description and readme to FALSE. These files can also be added later on using use_appdesc and use_appreadme. This also gives more control over the content output by use_appdesc.

use_appdesc("path/to/my_new_app1", title = "My first app", author = "Me", url = "", 
    tags = c("data analysis", "graphing"))

These functions are intended for using during snapapps development and maintenence but can just as easily be used for including Shiny app examples in any R package.