New function: grade_this(expr). Evaluates the expression and returns the first grade that is called or error that is thrown.
New function: grade_this_code(correct, incorrect). Makes a grade from comparing the user code against the solution code. This is a simplified version of grade_code().
New function: code_feedback(). Compares the user code against the solution code.
Checking exercise code with blanks, e.g. ____, now returns clear feedback that students should replace the ____ with code. (#153)
The exercise.parse.error global option now accepts a function with one argument. The function is given the gradethis check environment with an additional .error object containing the parse error condition. (#153)
Improved code feedback for function definitions will detect mistakes in function arguments (#178)
gradethis now accepts markdown or an htmltools tags or a tagList() object for feedback messages. Markdown processing is handled via commonmark. Internally, all code feedback messages now use markdown. (#189)
pass_if_equal() now compares the submitted .result to the exercise .solution by default (#203).
New function: debug_this() returns information about the various objects available for use by grading code. It is designed for tutorial authors to use during development and can be used in *-check chunks or inside grade_this() grading code and the feedback is shown in the tutorial when clicking on Submit Answer. See ?debug_this for more information. (#203)
graded() and its pass/fail helper functions now accept type and location parameters that specify how the feedback is displayed (see learnr Custom Checking for more details about these options).
All failinggraded() helper functions, like fail() etc, now take a hint argument that when TRUE adds a code feedback hint to the custom feedback message. The default value of this argument can be set via gradethis_setup(). (#216)
Passing and failing graded() helper functions gain a praise or encourage argument (respectively) to prepend a random praising phrase when passing or append a random encouraging phrase when failing. The default values of these arguments can be set via gradethis_setup(). (#227)
New function: fail_if_code_feedback(). Returns an incorrect grade when there are differences between the user code and solution code (if it exists). (#228)
We now use placeholder sentinel objects as function argument defaults to signal that a function will find the object in the grade_this() check environment. The help page ?grade_this-objects describes these objects and documents their purpose, which you can also find by calling one of the placeholders, e.g. .result. (#232)
When combined with learnr version 0.10.1.9017 or later, gradethis’ exercise checking function will not require that grading code absolutely return feedback unless exercise checking is at the "check" stage. (#276)
You may now call return() in grade_this() grading code to exit grading early. This is allowed in code and error checking code, but will result in an “internal error” when used in the -check chunk grading code (#284).
gradethis now includes low-level support for multiple solutions. Authors can add multiple solutions in the -solution chunk, separated by code section headers, e.g. # ----. (note only trailing dashes, ----, are supported). These additional solutions are made available in the .solution_code_all object in grade_this() grading code and are named with the code section name if one is provided, e.g. # first ----. When multiple solutions are provided using the code section comments, .solution and .solution_code will default to the last solution. (#286)
gradethis can now be used to grade non-R code. If learnr can evaluate the non-R code and return the result of the submitted code as an R object, then gradethis can be used to grade the submission result. Grading code is still written in R and code feedback tool designed for R will not work as expected (#290).
gradethis now includes support for multiple solutions with different results. The solutions are made available in the .solution_all object in grade_this() grading code. pass_if_equal() gains support for multiple solutions as its y argument. If .solution_all is used as the y argument of pass_if_equal(), it will return a passing grade if x matches any of the multiple solutions (#296).
The solution_code argument of code_feedback() is now the single entry-point for solution code in code_feedback(), fail_if_code_feedback() and other functions that work with both .solution_code and .solution_code_all. In these cases, the default argument values will use multiple solutions if they exist (#305).
pass_if_equal() supports multiple solutions when authors set y = .solution_all to compare the student’s result with all solutions. For additional details, please see the new section, Comparing with Multiple Solutions, in ?pass_if_equal (#306).
The gradethis.glue_pipe option is now called gradethis.pipe_warning as it sets the default value of the pipe_warning() function. pipe_warning() can be included in the glue strings of other messages, such as those set by gradethis.code.incorrect (#193).
The glue_pipe argument of glue_code() is now deprecated (#193).
The “Insert Exercise …” RStudio Addins were removed from gradethis (#196).
The names of several global options were changed in #210. This will only affect users who were setting the options directly rather than using gradethis_setup(). The name changes are:
gradethis.code.partial_matching is now gradethis.allow_partial_matching
gradethis.code.feedback is now gradethis.maybe_code_feedback
gradethis.code.correct is now gradethis.code_correct
gradethis.code.incorrect is now gradethis.code_incorrect
gradethis_glue_correct is now gradethis.glue_correct
gradethis_glue_incorrect is now gradethis.glue_incorrect
gradethis_glue_correct_test is now gradethis.glue_correct_test
gradethis_glue_incorrect_test is now gradethis.glue_incorrect_test
The space_before and space_after arguments of maybe_code_feedback() have been deprecated in favor of more flexible arguments before and after that accept arbitrary strings to add before or after the message. (#219)
The x argument of pass_if() and fail_if() has been renamed cond and both functions now work inside grade_this(), although the function and formula versions are not supported there. (#216)
grade_this() no longer automatically converts errors to fail() grades, instead authors need to wrap unit-test-style code in fail_if_error() to convert them to grades. This helps to better differentiate between unexpected errors resulting from the author’s grading code and portions of the grading code where errors are expected and indicative of a problem with the user’s code. (#254)
Errors in the grading code are now returned as neutral grades rather than failing grades. The feedback message and type can be changed with two new arguments to gradethis_setup(): grading_problem.message and grading_problem.type (#256).
Added a NEWS.md file to track changes to the package.