Sunday, July 26, 2015

The Hadleyverse

Most of my time, these days, is taken up with dealing with the * it would be professional suicide to report. 

Not so sure discretion is the better part of valor, but there are wheels within wheels within wheels.

Meanwhile I am tormented by an alternative universe. The Hadleyverse. 

This is probably a case where ignorance is bliss. If you don't know about the Hadleyverse, you are probably better off not knowing.  If you're not already programming in R, if you're not already getting the hang of ggplot2, if you haven't installed RStudio and been repeatedly dazzled by all the amazing things you now can do that were a headache in basic R -- if you haven't THEN been seduced by Shiny, if you've never grappled with data and then discovered that Mr Fabulous has released a package or 3 that addresses most-to-all of the problems that were driving you berserk--

If you've never followed this path you probably DON'T want to know more about Hadley Wickham. You're mired down in a professional environment where solving problems is nobody's business. It may well be driving you crazy, but at least you don't have an example of a world where things can be different.

So this is bad, bad, bad, very bad, but there's a terrific profile of Hadley Wickham on Priceonomics, which I am now sharing with people who might well be happier if they knew nothing about it.  The whole thing here.