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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 24: Yihui Xie Returns (rstudio::conf 2018)

Posted on Friday, Feb 16, 2018 | Category: Podcast

Our coverage of rstudio::conf 2018 continues! In this episode I reconnect with the first-ever guest of the R-Podcast, RStudio software engineer Yihui Xie. In our conversation you’ll hear about Yihui’s journey since joining RStudio, his vision of how blogdown and bookdown could lead to a streamlined publishing worflow, and much more. I hope you enjoy this episode!

The R-Podcast’s coverage of rstudio::conf 2018 begins! I have the pleasure of speaking with Romain Francois and Thomas Lin Pedersen. You’ll hear Romain’s thoughts on the growth of Rcpp and the project that helped him become closer to the R community. We also learn about Thomas' journey to enhancing ggplot2 and the new packages he’s developed covering network analyses and dynamic APIs from R. I hope you enjoy episode 23 of the R-Podcast!

Episode 22: Diving in to Drake with Will Landau

Posted on Sunday, Mar 26, 2017 | Category: Podcast

In this episode of the R-Podcast I have a conversation with my colleague Will Landau about his new R package drake that provides a powerful build system for analysis pipelines. In addition we have a fun R community roundup, listener feedback, and a couple of package picks to give you a gentle nod and a fun way to explore interpolation. If you have ideas for topics, questions, or other types of feedback, get in touch with me by heading over to the R-Podcast site at r-podcast.org, sending a note to thercast[at]gmail.com, or contacting me at @thercast on Twitter. As always thanks for tuning in  Read More

Episode 21: Talking Rcpp and more with Dirk Eddelbuettel

Posted on Thursday, Feb 9, 2017 | Category: Podcast

The R-Podcast concludes its coverage of rstudio::conf by chatting with R Foundation member and Rcpp author Dirk Eddelbuettel! We cover a variety of topics including the state of Rcpp, how the integration of Rcpp in RStudio came about, and his perspective on Linux in the R community. Plus a new batch of listener feedback and a package pick that gives your shiny apps and rmarkdown reports a little more bootstrap polish. Enjoy episode 21 of the R-Podcast!

In episode 20 I’m happy to bring you more great interviews with members of RStudio from rstudio::conf! I had the pleasure of chatting with software engineer Javier Luraschi to discuss Apache Spark and the new sparklyr package that allows R users to connect directly to a Spark cluster for high-performance data analyses. In addition you will hear from RStudio’s master instructor Garret Grolemund to get his recommendations for teaching R and the highly-acclaimed R for Data Science book. All of this plus a package pick that could enable me to use R in my podcast workflow in episode  Read More

The R-Podcast has landed in Orlando for the first ever rstudio::conf! Our coverage begins with two excellent interviews: First I talk with B├írbara Borges Ribeiro, software engineer at RStudio about her journey to using R and her advice for developing Shiny apps. Then Dean Attali makes his return to the show and we discuss R’s role in his graduate research and his experiences as a Shiny consultant. All of this plus a package pick that can give Shiny app users a helping hand. I hope you enjoy episode 19 of the R-Podcast! Read More

Episode 18: Interviews with the RStudio Team

Posted on Monday, Feb 22, 2016 | Category: Podcast

The R-Podcast concludes its series on the Shiny Developer Conference with a jam-packed episode featuring two interviews with members of the RStudio team! In part one I have a panel discussion with JJ Allaire, Jeff Allen, and Hadley Wickham to get their impressions of the conference and some exciting new features in the latest version of the RStudio IDE. In part two I have an extended conversation with Joe Cheng to discuss the origins of Shiny, how the conference came together, and ideas for future enhancements of shiny. All of this and more on episode 18 of the R-Podcast!

Episode 17: A Simply Radiant Chat with Vincent Nijs

Posted on Thursday, Feb 4, 2016 | Category: Podcast

The R-Podcast continues its series on Shiny and the first-ever Shiny Developer Conference by catching up with Vincent Nijs, associate professor of marketing at UC San Diego and one of the earliest adopters of Shiny. Some of the topics we cover include his journey to using R, his motivation and process for developing the Radiant Shiny application used by his students to perform business analytics, and how he would like to involve the community to add new capabilities to Radiant. I hope you enjoy this episode and thanks for listening!

Episode 16: Interview with Dean Attali

Posted on Saturday, Jan 30, 2016 | Category: Podcast

Direct from the first-ever Shiny Developer conference, here is episode 16 of the R-Podcast! In this episode I sit down with Dean Attali for an engaging conversation about his journey to using R, his motivation for creating the innovative shinyjs package, and his perspective on teaching others about R through his support of the innovative and highly-praised Stats 545 course at UBC. In addition you’ll hear about how his previous work prepared him well for using R, his collaboration with the RStudio team, and much more. I hope you enjoy this episode and thanks for listening! Read More