It’s been quite interesting reading the objectives of other tweeps: what
they want to learn, make, how they want to get involved in the
community, etc. As Mike Kearney, rtweet’s maintainer, underlined, it
is excellent reading material!
You might have heard of the Advent of Code,
a 25-day challenge involving a programming puzzle a day, to be solved
with the language of your choice. I’ve noted the popularity of this
activity in my Twitter timeline but also in my GitHub timeline where
I’ve seen the creation of a few advent-of-code or so repositories.
AoC is largely an exercise in figuring how to write your favourite language as if were C or C++ 😁, which can be fun ... in moderation
If I were to participate one year, I’d probably use R. Jenny Bryan’s
tweet above inspired me to try and gauge the popularity of languages
used in the Advent of Code. To do that, in this post, I shall use the
search endpoint of GitHub V3 API to identify Advent of Code 2018 repos.
It’s October, time for spooky Twitter names! If you’re on this social
media platform, you might have noticed some of your friends switching
their names to something spooky and punny. Last year I was “Maelstrom
Salmon”, which I find scary but is arguably not that funny. Anyhow, what
if you want to switch your name but have no inspiration? In this post,
we shall explore R’s abilities to help us with that with the help of
webscraping, phonetic spelling and string distance algorithms, and the
magic of randomness!