Watching videos from this year’s edition, I found two packages that got my attention.
The first one is “Flexdashboard” and as its name says, it’s a tool for creating dashboards. Nothing really special taking into account the myriad of tools out there for building dashboards. The thing is that if (like me) you dream about doing pretty much of your work using a single programming environment, having the ability to build dashboards using simple R Markdown and including all nice and lately interactive artifacts built in the R community, like “htmlwidgets” it’s another different thing. Its easiness can low the barrier for entry users which makes it even more appealing.
If the first package is for communicating, the second one is for data storage. SQL data bases are everywhere, they are the most widely used form of storage and they have been around for decades. There is a long list of SQL options out there, but I like what MonetDBLite does. MonetDBLite it’s fast, very easy to install and what I really like it’s the ability to work with dplyr syntax.