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Analyst firm RedMonk have updated their (near-)biannual Programming Lanuage rankings as of January 2016, and the R language ranks at #13, unchanged since the last ranking in June 2015.

I play a fair bit of Destiny, a space-themed video game. Actually, a lot. (It's an amount my husband calls "too much".) I enjoy the game not just for its great story and space-age shooting gameplay, but also for the social interaction. It's a massively-multiplayer game: you're always online, and you'll continually run into other players in the game world. Some parts of the game even require teams of 3 or 6 people to complete.

We've released a minor update to Microsoft R Open 3.2.3 to address issues that some people were experiencing. The update available now on MRAN fixes the following issues:

by Joseph Rickert

Earlier this month the Bay Area useR Group (BARUG) held it annual lightning talk meeting. This is by far our most popular meeting format: eight, 15 minute talks (12 minutes speaking and 3 minutes Q & A while the next speaker is setting up) packed into a two hour time slot. The intensity seems to really energize the speakers and engaged the audience. 

R user and developer Lionel Henry proposes a number of changes to R syntax:

Use square brackets to create lists. You could use [1, 2:5, "hello"] to create a list of three elements. Nested lists would be possible as well, with syntax like or [ [1, 2], [2, 3] ] (much easier than list(list(1,2),list(2,3))).

Interesting to see this union of modern dance and computer imagery:

It's not clear whether this is just pre-recorded graphics combined with well-timed choreography, or if the images are actually reacting to the dancer's movements. I suspect the former in this case (filmed in 2014), but recent advances in real-time motion detection should make true reactivity between dancers and the virtual environment possible. I hope to see something like that on stage someday soon.

The latest update to RStudio, the cross-platform open-source integrated development environment for the R language from the team at RStudio, adds many new features for R developers. But perhaps the most significant update is one which allows R developers to add their own new features to RStudio: add-ins.