News from PluginR & life after the accident

January 3, 2014
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(This article was first published on UEB Blog. Musings on R, and kindly contributed to R-bloggers)

Hi:

It's been a while since my last post, and many things happened in between:

  • I had an accident last June that took me off from coding for a few months
  • UseR!2013 was held in July Albacete, and I had to cancel my tutorial since I was still in hospital by then.
  • After the 6-week "visit" to the hospital, some new improvements to PluginR were discussed with some PluginR users in person or through the dedicated forum in Tiki.org, which led to new commits.
  • We are currently 8 versions later (v0.88), and the new improvements added during the last months comprise:
    1. Added an icon to indicate when cached R content is displayed and how to force content reload
    2. Allowed to include figures in local html files, like the ones produced by rCharts, that are shown in the wiki page through iframes.
    3. Some extra blank lines removed in charts produced from the googleVis package
    4. Multiuser Cache and .RData added: split apart cached files from different users for the same page or itemId
    5. Allowed the display of pdf files generated by PluginRR on disk. Param echo accepts also y/n or yes/no as values, as well as 1/0. Param customoutput added (thanks Jyhem and joelobrecht ).
    6. Cached files stored by default in folder with page id instead of page name, to fix issues with pagenames with special characters (thanks Jyhem).
      New param cacheby (pageid | pagename) was added, which defaults to pageid to be futureproof with people using it in other languages with special characters in pagenames, but allowing to respect previous behavior when choosing the other option pagename which matches current wiki argument variable page for advanced custom R scripts in wiki pages.


In addition, a couple new wiki argument variables were added later on to Tiki main code base:

  • domain
  • domainslash
  • domainslash_if_multitiki
  • pageid


Some of them have been added to a few of the new pages of the configuration profile "r_test", to make those tests more adaptable to the different environments where they are applied.

In addition, profile "r_test" has been updated to include example figures made with several javascript libraries, using either R package rCharts, or the free online API service plot.ly. You can apply the configuration profile r_test as usual, and you can see a copy of them installed and working nicely in http://r.tiki.org :


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What's next?

Maybe an R package to translate data frames, for instance, into Tiki fancy tables... :-)

Stay tuned for the new developments that might come in 2014!

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