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The internet is agog over this picture of a dress, which appears white and gold to some, and blue and black to others:

In 1998 John M. Chambers (now a member of R-core) won the ACM Software System Award for the S Language, which (in the words of the committee) "forever altered how people analyze, visualize, and manipulate data".

It was a pleasure to appear live on theCUBE last week while attending the Strata conference.

by Andrie de Vries

R has strong support for parallel programming, both in base R and additional CRAN packages.

For example, we have previously written about foreach and parallel programming in the articles Tutorial: Parallel programming with foreach and Intro to Parallel Random Number Generation with RevoScaleR.

I spent last week at the Strata 2015 Conference in San José, California. As always, Strata made for a wonderful conference to catch up on the latest developments on big data and data science, and to connect with colleagues and friends old and new. Having been to every Strata conference since the first in XXXX, it's been interesting to see the focus change over the years.

If you're a foodie (or know people who are particular about their food) and enjoy a good laugh (and don't mind some NSFW language), then you should definitely check out the new web-series The Katering Show.


This is the funniest thing I've seen in a long time. The Katering Show was produced with the support of the Australian Government. As an Australian, I've never been prouder.

That's all for this week — see you on Monday!

by Bill Jacobs, VP Product Marketing, Revolution Analytics

I had a most interesting exchange with an industry analysis firm recently who suggested that application marketplaces were critical to the success of analytical tools, suggesting that Revolution Analytics was remiss in not creating one. 

by Andrie de Vries

During October 2014 we announced RRT (the Reproducible R Toolkit) that consists of the checkpoint package and the MRAN. In January, David Smith followed up with another post about reproducibility using Revolution R Open.