Episode Archive

159 episodes of R Weekly Highlights since the first episode, which aired on August 12th, 2020.

  • Issue 2024-W13 Highlights

    March 27th, 2024  |  38 mins 59 secs

    How a recent pivot in one of the most popular testing frameworks in R unlocks mocking once again, bringing robust grammar checks to your R development environment with rspell, and flex your Shiny and HTML design muscles with flexbox.

  • Issue 2024-W12 Highlights

    March 20th, 2024  |  46 mins 44 secs

    An honest take on common patterns and anti-patterns for re-use of data analyses that hit a bit too close to home for your hosts, a cautionary tale of garbage online references pretending to be authentic material, and a new (human-created) cheat sheet with terrific best practices taking front and center.

  • Issue 2024-W11 Highlights

    March 13th, 2024  |  48 mins 32 secs

    A collection of tips for spreading the good word about your awesome R package, how spring cleaning a package codebase doesn't have to be a dreadful experience thanks to usethis, and the culmination of a learning journey to bootstrap node JS projects powered by webR.

  • Issue 2024-W10 Highlights

    March 6th, 2024  |  46 mins 40 secs

    ow an attempt to solve a clever programming exercise led to a new patch to the R language itself, a review of the enlightening results for the recent data.table community survey, and creating a Doom map in R, because why not?

  • Issue 2024-W09 Highlights

    February 28th, 2024  |  46 mins 8 secs

    Flipping a Hello World function on its head, assorted improvements landing in ggplot2 3.5.0, and why authoring beautiful code is so worth it.

  • Issue 2024-W08 Highlights

    February 21st, 2024  |  47 mins 16 secs

    Putting those bike pedals to work with a comprehensive exploratory data analysis, navigating through a near-inferno of namespace and dependency issues in package development, and how you can ensure bragging rights during your next play of Guess My Name using decision trees.

  • Issue 2024-W07 Highlights

    February 14th, 2024  |  34 mins 49 secs

    A few great tips for ensuring your R package doesn't "talk too much" (within reason), shrinking down the size of your images with a new API directly available in a new package, and the first opportunity in 2024 for submitting your proposals for R Consortium projects is on the horizon.

  • Issue 2024-W06 Highlights

    February 7th, 2024  |  44 mins 34 secs

    Key learnings from learners in recent R workshops, advice on navigating thorny package installation issues within renv, and a showdown of how the parquet and RDS formats perform with large data sets.

  • Issue 2024-W05 Highlights

    January 31st, 2024  |  23 mins 39 secs

    The R-Weekly Highlights podcast has crossed another milestone with episode 150! In this episode we cover a terrific collection of development nuggets of wisdom revealed in a recent package review livestream, and how a feature flying under the radar from Git can facilitate investigations of multiple package versions.

  • Issue 2024-W04 Highlights

    January 24th, 2024  |  43 mins 56 secs

    How the babeldown package enables low-friction updates to living documents, uncovering innovative functions all within the base R installation, and supercharging a static Quarto dashboard with interactive tables and visualizations.

  • Issue 2024-W03 Highlights

    January 17th, 2024  |  44 mins 41 secs

    A tour of how the httr2 package streamlines API processing in R, five must-have ggplot2 extension packages for your next visualization, and the Appsilon Shiny Conf 2024 is shaping up to be the biggest yet for all things Shiny.

  • Issue 2024-W02 Highlights

    January 10th, 2024  |  59 mins 9 secs

    We kick off 2024 with a jam-packed episode! Learn four ways to streamline your R workflows, a proposal for a new pipe assignment operator in base R, and our raw responses to a surprising turn of events affecting one of the most influential members of the R community.

  • Issue 2023-W50 Highlights

    December 13th, 2023  |  43 mins 40 secs

    A data-driven investigation to the association of early birthdays and hockey players, one of the most-requested feature requests is coming to the next version of Quarto, and just why in the world does the View() function start with V?

  • Issue 2023-W49 Highlights

    December 6th, 2023  |  36 mins 35 secs

    A timely collection of tips and tricks in adopting the cli package for your R package interfaces, how the deposits package addresses an all-to-familiar problem of sharing research data, and an encore of creating your own RStats-wrapped of your most used R functions.

  • Issue 2023-W48 Highlights

    November 30th, 2023  |  50 mins 34 secs

    A glimpse of refactoring functional R code to object-oriented programming with R6, using benchmarking as another input to adopting package dependencies, and building a high-performance CSV reader by combining R and Rust.

  • Issue 2023-W45 Highlights

    November 11th, 2023  |  43 mins 6 secs

    From the "is there anything R cannot do" department comes QR code scanning, a tidy time series analysis on a major problem in the roads of Pittsburgh, and rolling up your sleeves with custom ggplot2 tricks to enhance a spatial visualization.