Jan 7, 2014 at 8:23 PM
Edited Jan 7, 2014 at 8:24 PM
Happy New Year!

I am a tremendous fan of this project and think it fills in a really important (and missing) space in the statistical programming landscape!

I'd like to do something to help drive this project forward, being a little concerned there were a multitude of updates in September of last year, then none since -- Is there a way I can donate to this project, and would that be in any way helpful?

Jan 8, 2014 at 6:29 AM

Great to hear your enthusiasm; always a boost to motivation. Thanks for you offer for help too.

In the following paragraphs I speak only on my behalf, not other project contributors.

There have been substantial improvements since Sept 2013, committed as source, just not yet packaged as zip or nuget packages. It is alive and I think quite healthy. There should be an official release within a few weeks, subject to a couple of things including discussions around the codebase hosting and management happening in the background.

Resourcing, be it manpower or monetary, is rarely sufficient in any software projects.

I contribute on a basis where I use R.NET for an application in a bigger project, so long as this is a win-win for the project and R.NET. I've also put a fair bit of 'free' time to things like R.NET. I assume this is the case for other contributors.

I've had one or two requests with monetary incentives out of the blue over the years, but not such that this would have been anywhere near financially viable given the overheads, to manage it properly. If there were however a large enough project using R.NET as a core component, that is ready to fund substantially changes/improvements, this would be another story. Personally I believe such a more formal arrangement provides focus and is more likely to contribute than donations; that said I do not have first-hand experience with the latter funding for open source software.