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The R-Podcast has risen again! After sharing the story of my R adventures since the last episode, we focus on a very important initiative that could pave the way for the next generation of developers contributing to the future of R itself. I am joined by research software engineer Heather Turner and statistician Saranjeet Kaur Bhogal to share the story of how the new R Development Guide brings a new and accessible approach for learning how to contribute to the R project itself, along with their vision of the upcoming Collaborative Campfires to inspire and grow the community around this  Read More

Episode 33: Shiny and JavaScript wizardry with Garrick Aiden-Buie

Posted on Wednesday, Mar 4, 2020 | Category: Podcast

Episode 33 of the R-Podcast continues our coverage of rstudio::conf 2020! I share my experiences from my e-poster presentation about the Shiny community, and have a great conversation with the very talented Garrick Aiden-Buie! We discuss his spectacular JavaScript for Shiny Users course, the mind-blowing features of the package accompanying the course, and much more. Plus I share my takeaways from Shiny-related presentations at the conference and a fresh batch of listener feedback. I hope you enjoy this episode!

Episode 32: RStudio's Big Move and Kevin Ushey

Posted on Thursday, Feb 6, 2020 | Category: Podcast

rstudio::conf 2020 has officially come to a close, and the R-Podcast brings you the first of multiple episodes covering this huge event! In this episode, I share my perspective on the big news made by RStudio and my take on where this could lead open-source data science. In addition, I am joined by RStudio software engineer Kevin Ushey to discuss his path to joining RStudio, the feature of the RStudio IDE he is most proud of, and the adventures of developing packrat and renv to manage package dependencies. Lastly, I share a new audio series that led to my first mobile Shiny app. Thank you for listening and I hope you enjoy this episode!

Episode 31: Data Science education with R

Posted on Saturday, Aug 3, 2019 | Category: Podcast

The R-Podcast returns with a recap of the Joint Statistical Meetings (JSM) 2019 conference! In this episode, I share insights gained from an excellent panel discussion on the use of javascript in statistics, and I am joined by RStudio’s education team members Alison Hill & Mine Cetinkaya-Rundel to discuss new ideas for teaching data science effectively, as well as how tools like R-Markdown are opening many new possibilities for both students and teachers. I hope you enjoy episode 31 of the R-Podcast!

Episode 30: The origins and future of RStudio with Tareef Kawaf

Posted on Wednesday, May 8, 2019 | Category: Podcast

It’s common knowledge that R has been at the forefront of leading innovation in statistics and data science. But one area that’s not commonly discussed is how to build a successful business around R and open-source? In episode 30 of the R-Podcast, I am very excited to be joined by RStudio president Tareef Kawaf! We cover a wide variety of topics including his journey to RStudio, building a robust organization structure, and how an open-core model drives RStudio’s vision for the present and future. Plus you’ll hear how Tareef became the ‘T-Test’ within RStudio and how he earned the moniker of Mr. Shiny!

Episode 29: Chicago R Unconference Recap

Posted on Saturday, Mar 23, 2019 | Category: Podcast

I am delighted to bring your coverage of the first-ever Chicago R Unconference in episode 29 of the R-Podcast! I share perspectives on many of the great projects addressed in this unconference, ranging from new metrics on machine text translations to an entire unconference toolbox. Be sure to check the extensive show notes for links to these projects. Plus the return of highlights from the R community, including two newly-funded R Consortium projects. Thank you for listening and I hope you enjoy this episode!

Episode 28: Tidymodels with Max Kuhn (rstudio::conf 2019)

Posted on Thursday, Feb 28, 2019 | Category: Podcast

The R-Podcast’s coverage of rstudio::conf 2019 wraps up in this episode, featuring a comprehensive conversation with RStudio software engineer Max Kuhn! We discuss his vision for the tidymodels ecosystem of modeling packages, lessons learned from continued development of the caret package, and candida advice for how the life sciences industry can utilize R effectively in new workflows. Plus I share some of my favorite gems from the excellent array of conference talks and posters. Thank you so much for listening and hope you enjoy this episode!

Episode 27: Get the {gt} tables! (rstudio::conf 2019)

Posted on Monday, Feb 11, 2019 | Category: Podcast

The R-Podcast rolls along with part two of our rstudio::conf 2019 coverage! In this episode I share the advice and tips I used to prepare my talk on Shiny Modules. Plus I sit down with RStudio software engineer Rich Iannone to learn about his journey from atmospheric science to creating a collection of awesome R packages like DiagrammeR and gt for creating tables with a tidy syntax. As always thank you so much for listening and hope you enjoy this episode!

Episode 26: The Podcast Trifecta (rstudio::conf 2019)

Posted on Wednesday, Jan 23, 2019 | Category: Podcast

Another spectacular rstudio::conf is in the books and the R-Podcast has tons of insights to share! We kick off our coverage with a three-podcast crossover as I am joined by Credibly Curious co-host Nick Tierny and Not So Standard Deviations co-host Hilary Parker! We discuss our impressions of the conference and where we’d like to see R go in 2019. Plus I share how my journey to the Advanced R-Markdown workshop is a testament to the welcoming and openness that the R community offers. This is just the beginning of our coverage and I hope you enjoy this episode!

Episode 25: Interview with Ian Lyttle (rstudio::conf 2018)

Posted on Thursday, Mar 22, 2018 | Category: Podcast

Our coverage of rstudio::conf 2018 concludes with another great interview! I talk with Ian Lyttle about his personal journey to using R, the value that shiny brings in communicating with customers, and his new package to ease the pain of working with enterprise GitHub installations. I also discuss my key insights and takeaways from the extending tidyverse training and talks I attended. I hope you enjoy this jam-packed episode of the R-Podcast!