Episode 7: Best Practices for Workflow Management

Posted on Monday, May 28, 2012 | Category: Podcast
Hello everybody, I am finally back with a new episode! In this episode: Hardware issues, major update to RStudio, new forums, and discussion on managing your workflow for projects. I discuss useful functions for executing R scripts and saving/loading R objects for future sessions, and summarize different solutions for organizing R code based on task and via the ProjectTemplate package, along with the importance of version control. Please check out the new forums and let me know what you think! If you are interested in providing a listener tip about R, please call the voicemail hotline at +1-269-849-9780 or record a short mp3 or ogg audio clip and send it to theRcast(at)gmail.com . As always I welcome any other feedback you have. Thanks for listening! P.S. From our Google Plus page, Darren pointed out that I switched forward slashes with backward slashes in my discussion about file paths in Episode 6. Thanks Darren!

Show Notes

Episode 7 Time Stamps

00:00 The R-Podcast #007 Best Practices for Workflow Management
00:31 Introduction
01:07 No more TV recording for now
03:40 New forums!
08:25 RStudio update v0.96
12:50 Listener feedback
19:35 Using source(), save(), save.image(), and load()
25:00 load.R, clean.R, func.R, do.R
29:50 ProjectTemplate
40:06 Version Control with Git, RStudio
46:30 Wrapping up: subscribe to the podcast, theRcast@gmail.com, + 1-269-849-9780, Twitter @theRcast
52:44 End


Eric Nantz

Eric Nantz

Eric Nantz is a principal research scientist at a large life sciences company, creating innovative analytical pipelines and capabilities supporting study designs and analyses. Outside of his day job, Eric is passionate about connecting with the R community as the creator/host of the R-Podcast, Shiny Developer Series, and a curator / podcast host for the R Weekly project. Plus, he likes to share his adventures with R and general computing on Twitch livestreams at twitch.tv/rpodcast.