Detecting Security Vulnerabilities in R Packages

One of our main roles at Jumping Rivers is to set-up and provide ongoing maintenance to R, Python and RStudio infrastructure. This typically involves ensuring software is up-to-date and making sure everything is running smoothly. The OSS Index developed by Sonatype is a free catalogue of open source components and scanning tools to help developers

Faster R package installation

Faster package installation Every few weeks or so, a tweet pops up asking about how to speed up package installation in R Depending on the luck of twitter, the author may get a few suggestions. The bigger picture is that package installation time is starting to become more of an issue for a number of

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R as a tool for Systems Administration

When talking about languages to use in Production in data science, R is usually not part of the conversation and if it is, it’s referenced as a secondary language. One of the main reasons this occurs is because R it’s commonly associated with being more suitable for statistical analysis and languages like Python and JavaScript,

Customising your Rprofile

What is an Rprofile Every time R starts, it runs through a couple of R scripts. One of these scripts is the .Rprofile. This allows users to customise their particular set-up. However, some care has to be taken, as if this script is broken, this can cause R to break. If this happens, just delete

R Packages: Are we too trusting?

One of the great things about R, is the myriad of packages. Packages are typically installed via CRAN Bioconductor GitHub But how often do we think about what we are installing? Do we pay attention or just install when something looks neat? Do we think about security or just take it that everything is secure?

Speeding up package installation

Can’t be bothered reading, tell me now The wonder of CRAN Parallel package installation: Ncpus Does it work? A permanent change: .Rprofile References Can’t be bothered reading, tell me now A simple one line tweak can significantly speed up package installation and updates. The wonder of CRAN One of the best features of R is