For many years, I've had intentions of learning another programming language. I would guess that I've done 70-80% of my programming work in R and 20-30% in NetLogo. Those two languages have served me well and I haven't yet been in a position where I was required to learn a new language for work. Lately, I've been thinking about my professional development goals and how learning a new programming language might fit into those goals.
In developing the DSM2 HYDRO Viz Tool, we were faced with deciding how to deploy a Shiny app that required interaction with large local files. I first heard about the possibility of using Electron to deploy Shiny apps as standalone desktop applications in this talk by Katie Sasso, but it wasn't until I discovered the R Shiny Electron (RSE) template that I decided to take the plunge.