Software Carpentry's first UK R bootcamp was a major success, with an over-subscribed class attending the event at the University of Cambridge.
Taking place at the Centre for Mathematical Sciences between 7 and 8 January, the bootcamp had a full house of 24 attendants, chosen from a waiting list owing to high demand. All were expected to be familiar with basic programming functions beforehand.
The aim of the event was to showcase R as a means of designing programs, version control, testing, and task automation, as well as making it available on GitHub. Participants were asked to write a program that generated plots from a local weather dataset. Since this data was easy to understand, it allowed the students to focus on programming rather than interpreting the information.