Two Highlights from NY R Conference 2015
Saturday April 25, 2015
Here are the two things I thought were most interesting at NY R on Saturday April 25, 2015:
Joe Rickert showed Revolution Analytics' Managed R Archive Network (MRAN). It snapshots all of CRAN every day so that you can finally do a real lock-in of the versions for all your R dependencies, using the checkpoint package. This was announced a while ago, but it was new to me. I love any sort of data store that gives you
as-of, even if it's just by snapshotting.
Wes McKinney spoke about data frame design and how such tooling should develop further. Here's a transcription of a key slide:
- The Great Data Tool Decoupling™
- Thesis: over time, user interfaces, data storage, and execution engines will decouple and specialize
- In fact, you should really want this to happen
- Share systems among languages
- Reduce fragmentation and "lock-in"
- Shift developer focus to usability
- Prediction: we'll be there by 2025; sooner if we all get our act together
I've thought about this kind of decoupling for data visualization (see gog) and I think it's a cool direction in general.
There were certainly other interesting and good things as well!