As of ggplot2 0.9.0 released in March 2012, there is a new generic function autoplot. This uses R's S3 methods (which is essentially oop for babies) to let you have some simple overloading of functions. I'm not going to get deep into oop, because honestly we don't need to.
The idea is very simple. If I say "I'm sending a letter to my sister", you wouldn't be all, "Oh, which letter? Read more >>
Background (probably boring)
Several months ago, my boss and I were discussing how he got the data for his software popularity article; the rest of the background discussion pertains to those plots, so I would recommend going over to take a look before continuing on (or just skip to the next section if you're impatient). Specifically, we were talking about his figures 7 and 11. Basically he was Read more >>
My time as a grad student will soon draw to a close. With this comes the terrifying realisation that I'm going to start applying for jobs and, hopefully, interviewing soon, forever leaving my comfortable security blanket of academia.
With that horrible thought in mind, I've been doing some poking around to see what various kinds of technical interviews are like. Apparently, it is not entirely Read more >>