I am a data analyst and R developer. If you would like to know more about me, please visit the About page.

You can find a list of some (more or less) recent blog posts below; most of them are related to coding.

J.K. Rowling’s 8 Rules of Writing Code

Calling Joanne K. Rowling an amazing writer is certainly an understatement. Her Harry Potter universe is a fascinating world and I personally really love the Cormoran Strike novels that she started to publish under a pseudonym. Recently, I happened to stumble over a blog post about Joanne K. Rowling’s 8 Rules of Writing - and realized that they actually also apply to writing code for data analysis. Below is the overview with a few subtle tweaks in italics and bold…
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Learning SQL with Stanford’s Online Course

Update Apr 20th: The course has recently been made available again on edx.org. SQL was developed in the 1970s, but is still a workhorse in many modern data analysis pipelines. There are countless SQL introductions and tutorials available on the internet, but it took me a while to find the one that works best for me. During the process of broadening my programming skills beyond R, I went through a number of SQL online courses.
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RStudio Theme Collection Updates: January 2020

The universe of RStudio themes is growing constantly. I have updated the RStudio Theme Collection to account for new themes that have been created recently. Thanks to z3tt for the Viridis theme, to William Carcamo for the Custom theme, to Alfredo Hernández for the Darkula theme, to Matt Dube for several themes (Gruvbox, Paper Color), to Linda for Material Theme Darker / darkrstudio, to Alessio Maggiorelli for the Matrix Glow theme, to Stephen Siegert for the Nord Polar Night theme, and to David Gibson for the Ayu themes (dark, mirage, light).
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Recommended Reading 2019

I enjoy reading about a variety of topics, especially on long train rides and on lazy Sunday mornings. In “Recommended Reading”, I regularly collect articles that I have read on Pocket and found inspiring. The list below covers the year 2019. In English Waste Not, Want Not (The Baffler): about the Zero Waste lifestyle on Instagram The Man Behind Most of the Ski Maps in America (Outside): A fascinating story about hand-drawn maps Whether a Husband Identifies as a Breadwinner Depends on Whether He Respects His Wife’s Career — Not on How Much She Earns (Harvard Business Review) He Knows the Stars’ Dirty Laundry.
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Updates to the RStudio Theme Collection

It’s great to see that the RStudio theme selection is growing thanks to custom themes being created by users. Many of them are ports of themes that work well in other code editors. I am (kind of) regularly updating the RStudio Theme Collection which I had first created in August. In the most recent update at the end of October / beginning of November, I have added the following dark themes: Asher, Fairyfloss, Fairyfloss Dark, Mojave Dark, Nord One (a mashup of the Nord theme and Atom’s dark theme), One Dark.
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