I had to wait until this was official, but the long wait is over: I am giving my full-day R training in Redmond, Washington on Friday, February 8th. Tickets are priced at $125 for a jam-packed day full of learning and excitement and a little bit of snark hosted on Microsoft’s Redmond campus.

Course Description

In this day-long training, you will learn about R, the premier language for data analysis. We will approach the language from the standpoint of data professionals: database developers, database administrators, and data scientists. We will see how data professionals can translate existing skills with SQL to get started with R. We will also dive into the tidyverse, an opinionated set of libraries which has modernized R development. We will see how to use libraries such as dplyr, tidyr, and purrr to write powerful, set-based code. In addition, we will use ggplot2 to create production-quality data visualizations.

Over the course of the day, we will look at several problem domains. For database administrators, areas of note will include visualizing SQL Server data, predicting error occurrences, and estimating backup times for new databases. We will also look at areas of general interest, including analysis of open source data sets.

No experience with R is necessary. The only requirements are a laptop and an interest in leveling up your data professional skillset.

Quick Notes

We will use Azure Notebooks for the entire training, so there is no need to install anything on personal laptops. I’ve found that this saves about 45 minutes at the beginning of the pre-con. I also have secret bonus material (read: stuff I realized I couldn’t fit into an eight-hour session). So it’s like getting 9.5 hours of me droning on for the price of eight! If that doesn’t make you want to sign yourself and your extended family up right now, I don’t know what will.

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