I really miss weekly posting to this blog. To keep it alive, I thought I would write a quick update.
Time Is Not Money
I learned a lot last year. I tried to convey one of those lesson in my post Time Isn’t Money. I feel very fortunate and grateful that some folks contacted me, and I have really enjoyed working on their great ideas. It amazes me how much more progress is made when the proper environment is in place. Running solo is not the right environment.
Perils of Relying on Open Source
I think it is within reason for a soloist or small team to support a specialized
htmlwidget, but a full-featured charting solution requires a whole another level of dedicated effort and funding. It appears Plotly is the only group currently positioned to deliver, and not only in the JS and R world, since they also offer solutions for Python, Matlab, and Julia. At the end of last year, they relieved my last concerns, by taking the very brave step to open source. I know there was some expectation that
ggvis would be revived and in place by 2016, but after how long it has taken the amazing, ultra-talented efforts by the team of Plotly and the ongoing commitment and development, I think this expectation for
ggvis is unreasonable. I am placing my bet on Plotly and using it for all my non-specialized
htmlwidget needs. If you need any additional proof, just take a quick look at 3D Charts all of course available directly from R.
Each week, I get a limited number of readers of last year’s works, and consistently parcoords and sunburstR are the most popular. Due to the “popularity” (at least relative), I plan to submit these to CRAN in the next couple of weeks. I would love and appreciate any feedback you have before I send them off for disdain and ridicule in the CRAN submission process.
Thanks to everyone that continues to generously contribute to open source. Thanks to everyone who reads and supports me. Thanks to those who have contacted me, shared feedback, used the
htmlwidgets, and especially those who have funded and trusted me to work on their ideas!