Episode 30

The Connecticut COVID-19 Test Spotter App (Part 1)


May 27th, 2022

47 mins 6 secs

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About this Episode

Episode 30 of the Shiny Developer Series reveals just how the power of open source software can be used to provide meaningful improvement to our daily lives. In the first of a two-part series, chief data scientist Mike Thomas reveals the motivation behind his brilliant COVID-19 test locator Shiny application, empowering a local community in Connecticut to efficiently report and track availability of test kits in a huge time of need. After a tour of the application interface, Mike shares his favorite techniques to bring an efficient user experience and the backend integrations with APIs to bring production-grade features to life.

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Episode Timestamps

00:00:00 Episode Introduction

00:01:31 Mike's introductiona and journey with R & Shiny

00:07:20 Data science consulting and Ketchbrook Analytics

00:11:40 Olivia Adams' inspiring story

00:17:40 Demo of Mike's COVID-19 At-Home Test Spotter App

00:31:55 App code introduction

00:32:10 googleway package integrating the Google Maps API

00:36:25 Pulling addresses from map searches

00:41:10 Using MongoDB for records collection

00:43:15 bslib to simulate the multi-page app experience

00:46:20 Episode wrapup


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