I just started a new job (working on social search awesomeness at Bing) and so I had to set up my “dev” environment with all of my usual tools (R, python,vim,etc). One thing that made this a bit easier is my habit of keeping an R script around that installs all of my common packages for me in one shot.
This is also a nice way to share your list of favorite packages with your friends. Please feel free to share your list of cool packages.
# R packages I use commonly: 12/21/2010 twitter: drbridgewater
#list all packages that I commonly use
p<-c(p,”R2HTML”) #plus utils::sweave
#data mining/machine learning/NLP
#graphs and networks
if(!(pack %in% row.names(installed.packages())))
install.packages(pack, repos=repositories, dependencies=T)
for( pack in p)