0.3 Acknowledgements

I am greatly indebted to:

Norman Matloff and Hadley Wickham for their excellent foundational books ((Matloff 2011), (Wickham 2014)) on the R language. Garrett Grolemund, for his informal but precise expository style, as exemplified in numerous R Studio webinars and in (Grolemund 2014).

Allen Downey, for Think Python (Downey 2015). This book formed my ideas about ordering and selection of topics for computer science at an elementary level, and helped me think about teaching computer science in a way that was as independent as possible from the specific language of instruction.

Everyone at R Studio, including Hadley, Yihui Xie for R Markdown and the family of R Markdown-related packages, Joe Cheng for conceiving and pioneering shiny, Winston Chang for shiny and R6, and of course JJ Allaire for developing the IDE and calling together the remarkable constellation of developers and evangelists who have contributed so much to the R community and ecosystem.

Danny Kaplan, Nick Horton and Randall Pruim for pioneering the Mosaic Project that has enabled so many faculty to teach undergraduate statistics with R. I am especially indebted to Danny for curricular inspiration and to Randall for R-programming advice in the incipient stages of my journey as an R-developer. Nick has been a great encourager of everyone associated with the Mosaic community.

My former colleague Rebekah Robinson who, upon learning of Mosaic and R Markdown, insisted that at Georgetown College we take up the challenge of teaching elementary statistics with R.

My colleagues William Harris and Christine Leverenz, who patiently learned to teach in the R way.

My students, especially Woody Burchett, Luke Garnett, Shawn Marcom, Jacob Townsend and Andrew Giles, for work with me on various R-related research projects. Luke has gone on to become a valued colleague at Georgetown.

Georgetown College, for granting me the sabbatical time in Spring 2017 to work on these Notes, and on other programming topics prerequisite to teaching Computer Science.

My wife Mary Lou and daughters Clare, Catherine and Agnes, for patience and support. By now they have heard quite enough about programming.


Matloff, Norman. 2011. The Art of R Programming. 2nd ed. No Starch Press Press. https://www.nostarch.com/artofr.htm.

Wickham, Hadley. 2014. Advanced R. Chapman; Hall. http://adv-r.had.co.nz.

Grolemund, Garrett. 2014. Hands on Programming with R. O’Reilly Media. http://shop.oreilly.com/product/0636920028574.do.

Downey, Allen B. 2015. Think Python. 2nd ed. Green Tea Press. http://greenteapress.com/thinkpython2/html/index.html.