Jessica Ko

“I liked the interactive environment on Dataquest. The material was clear and well organized. I spent more time practicing than watching videos and it made me want to keep learning.”

Jessica Ko

Machine Learning Engineer @Twitter

Course overview

While notebooks are great for sharing data work, they’re not very user-friendly for viewers who don’t have programming skills. With the popular Shiny package, we can showcase our data work in a more attractive and accessible way: by building interactive, data-based dashboards and projects for the web!

In this course, you’ll learn the fundamentals of working with Shiny. Then you’ll explore more complex topics such as learning about programming server logic for Shiny and programming the UI for your interactive dashboards. You’ll also learn various ways to customize the design of elements you build in Shiny,. Finally, you’ll learn how to get your apps online and how to share them.

Best of all, you’ll learn by doing — you’ll practice and get feedback directly in the browser. At the end of the course, you will complete a guided project that asks you to build a portfolio website for yourself using Shiny!

Key skills

  • Reading the structure of a Shiny app
  • Setting up a Shiny server and building apps
  • Programming a UI to make interactive web dashboards in R
  • Building a web-based portfolio site for your data work

Course outline

Introduction to Interactive Web Applications in Shiny [5 lessons]

Introduction To Shiny 1h

Lesson Objectives
  • Define the Shiny package
  • Identify how R programming is different in the shiny package
  • Plan a basic Shiny app

Programming the User Interface 1h

Lesson Objectives
  • Plan a Shiny project
  • Create an informative feedback loop when coding a Shiny app
  • Choose the appropriate inputs for your app

Programming Server Logic in Shiny 1h

Lesson Objectives
  • Incorporate Shiny input into the server logic
  • Identify the best method to display the output
  • Identify the error outputs in Shiny

Topics for Taking Shiny Further 1h

Lesson Objectives
  • Incorporate a tab system into your Shiny app
  • Incorporate custom CSS into an app
  • Deploy your Shiny app

Guided Project: Creating a Project Portfolio 1h

Lesson Objectives
  • Create a Shiny app to showcase your guided projects

Projects in this course

Guided Project: Creating a Project Portfolio

For this project, you’ll step into the role of a data analyst building an interactive portfolio to showcase your R programming and data skills to potential employers using Shiny.

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Jessica Ko

Machine Learning Engineer at Twitter

“I liked the interactive environment on Dataquest. The material was clear and well organized. I spent more time practicing then watching videos and it made me want to keep learning.”


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