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I recently wrote up a package for simple paclet construction which has made distributing my code so much simpler. The flip side of this, however, is that for a lot of what I make I have no good, unobtrusive way to let people know it exists, even when it's something that's free and probably reasonably useful for others.

This came to mind recently because I just knocked up a prototype GitHub hook-in to the service connection framework, and, since it's distributed as a paclet, it's essentially just a single line of code to install. Because of that (and because lots of people use GitHub) I thought that this was something that the MSE community might enjoy.

It comes to mind, therefore, that I'm not sure where's the best--i.e. least obtrusive but still noticeable--place to post about things like that. There's PackageData.net, but I'm not sure how much people pay attention to it. As I discovered when knocking up a quick package index from what's there, much of the stuff is distributed on lab websites as notebooks -- which is to say not in immediately useful form. Then there's the MSE GitHub but, once again, not sure who looks at it. It seems not to have been updated in ~4-5 years.

So how do other people put their stuff out there and in what format (e.g. paclet, application, etc.)?

( And just as a point of curiosity, who out there actively--i.e. in their free-time--develops packages for public consumption? )

  • I'm the author of the Neurotica package for neuroscience data in Mathematica. I may be the only person who actively uses it (not sure), but I've put a lot of effort into making it sleek and package-like in case someone else decides to. I believe @Szabolcs put it on PackageData for me awhile back. It includes an embedded Java library, so has a non-trivial installation, and I've never been sure quite how to bundle it for users. Only just discovered paclets when reading your question, though. – nben Jun 13 '17 at 20:17
  • @user16054 there's a JLink extension to the PacletInfo if I remember correctly. That might simplify the installation some. If you want to turn it into a paclet (or rather give the directory the appropriate paclet format) I can write a tutorial for my paclet uploader and you can upload it like that, too. Might be worth making a Q/A on packages distributed as paclets, even, so people can find this stuff more easily. – b3m2a1 Jun 13 '17 at 20:24
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So I've been stewing over this and I'm still not sure what's best, but my current idea is to make a landing page for my paclets

And then provide access to them via a listing of tiles:

paclet server landing page

The nice thing about this is I can just pull the data out of the PacletSite.mz file I have to upload anyway.

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