Highlights from the useR! 2012 conference

Video (screencast) of the presentation by Szilard Pafka at the Los Angeles R users group.

I summarized (with short demos) a few of the talks from the useR! 2012 conference. We are planning one more meetup to cover more talks.

Topics discussed: byte-code compiling, the devtools package, ggmap, Rstudio‘s latest features (projects, git/svn, knitr-markdown integration for reproducible research), cranvas, Simon Urbanek’s talk on interactive graphics in the browser (with Rserve and FastRWeb on the backend), tabplot and httr.

This is just a very small slice of the excellent talks I have attended. It was an awesome conference, thanks to the organizers, the speakers and to the participants. I’ll try to cover some more talks in a following Los Angeles R users group meetup, though the choice of topics will still be heavily biased by my main interests (and even within that subset I cannot really cover all the interesting talks). I encourage you to attend next year, so you can have it all.

Creating an R package, using developer/productivity tools

Couple of R programming (mainly infrastructure/workflow) related topics discussed at the Los Angeles R users group in a tutorial/demo-like form (targeted mainly to beginners) by Szilard Pafka and Jeroen Ooms: how easy it is to create a simple package for your R code, the benefits of having your code in packages, documentation, automated testing and version control, the basic infrastructure R and some other software tools provide for this (CMD check, roxygen, devtools, RUnit/testthat, git/svn) and how an IDE can improve productivity.

Video (integrated slides+demo+audio) is embedded next, but we encourage you to watch it in higher resolution (especially the demo part).

More info on the meeting and about the Los Angeles R users group here. More meetings to come on further R programming and related topics such as programming with classes (S3/S4), debugging, more productivity tools etc.