The new Data Drop product sounds interesting. Can I use Databin to share Packages and Notebooks?

If yes. How? Something like:

bin = CreateDatabin[]
DatabinAdd[bin, <|"myPack" -> "???"|>]

And then, how can I load a package stored in a Databin?

cross related Wolfram Community question

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    $\begingroup$ You could store packages encoded (or not) as a String. Actually I think this is design oversight in Mathematica : a package is not a expression. $\endgroup$ Mar 5, 2015 at 3:22

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An ancient question - I just started digging my nose into Databins. Here's one way to store a package in databins. the key is to drop them as inactivated expressions

bin = CreateDatabin[];
 Import["ExampleData/Collatz.m", "InactivatedExpressions"]];
(* Collatz should remain unevaluated in both calls above *)

Now, to pull the package from the datadrop:

First@bin["Values"] // Activate
(* A string with some package information is generated here *)
(* {5, 16, 4, 2, 1} *)

I played briefly with data semantics since Package is a valid $InterpreterType; however, I did not see any immediate benefit to my dummy code outside of requiring more text to parse the Association.

  • $\begingroup$ interesting. tks for sharing. +1 $\endgroup$
    – Murta
    Feb 2, 2016 at 12:07

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