Hadley Wickham wasn't accessible at precisely the scheduled time for our Skype chat, but no problem on my end: He was deep in programming mode on the next version of his R ggplot2 statistical graphics package that'll be released later this year. While at it, the prolific developer is putting the finishing touches on V2 of the accompanying ggplot book. Also on the docket for the fall are updates to data management library dplyr and data loading package readr, in addition to enhanced functionality for interactive graphics library ggvis.  R analysts are the beneficiaries of this largesse.

Though Wickham didn't recall, we met at UseR! 2007 at Iowa State University, where he was then a PhD Statistics student. An R proselyte since 2000, I've seen Hadley emerge as an R tour de force over the last 10 years. Received with some apprehension as a “newbie” in the early days, Wickham's now rightly recognized as a leading contributor and spokesperson for the R community.

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