Sprint 1: “Create presentations from Markdown”
- Started with ioslides from YiHui’s book
- Figured out why the simplest slide I wanted to do was impossible to do in ioslides (Yihui says that not me!)
- His suggested alternative Xaringan, which was originally a stretch goal, became the focus almost immediately thereafter
- Did a small number of exercises every morning before I started work, following the the book, and then went down the rabbit hole to the remark Github repo that Yihui linked to, to understand a bit more about the way formatting works.
- Practiced pushing the code from within RStudio or iTerm to a Github repo. Messed up a couple of times and learnt how to reset HEAD
- Created my first (basic ludicrously plain) presentation (Rmd document) entirely from Markdown of some key points I made from Richard Hamming’s amazingly wonderful speech at Bell Labs called “You and Your Research“.
- Created a second Rmd presentation – this time turning gnab’s remark pages into a preso for myself.
The problem? I can only serve those presentations from RStudio, locally. If I wanted to share the slides themselves, I have more work to do. That will become a learning goal for Sprint 2: How to embed this presentation, not merely a link to the Rmd. I found an excellent article here and another one to go through here.
Despite the crash course in CSS & HTML, knowing the names of a tiny fraction of the functions and features in them is utterly frustrating. I need to get one of the lads to show me how this whole stack actually works.