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Version 0.3.0 of Shiny is now available on CRAN. This version of Shiny has several new features and bug fixes. Some of the changes are under the hood: for example, Shiny now uses a more efficient algorithm for scheduling the execution of reactive functions. There are also some user-facing changes: for example, the new runGitHub() function lets you download and run applications directly from a GitHub repository.

We’ve updated the tutorial page with documentation about these and other features. For a full list of changes, see the the NEWS file.

You can install the new version of Shiny with install.packages('shiny').

We’re very pleased to announce the release of devtools 1.0.  We’ve given devtools the 1.0 marker because it now works with the vast majority of packages in the wild, with this version adding support for S4 and Rcpp.  Devtools also has completely revamped code for finding Rtools on windows, including much better error messages if something is wrong with your setup. In celebration of reaching 1.0, devtools now has it’s own webpage, which provides a bit more information about why you might want to use it.

Devtools 1.0 also contains many other bug fixes and minor improvements, as listed in the NEWS file on github.

Shiny makes it easy to develop interactive web applications that run on your own machine. But by itself, it isn’t designed to make your applications available to all comers over the internet (or intranet). You can’t run more than one Shiny application on the same port, and if your R process crashes or exits for any reason, your service becomes unavailable.

Our solution is Shiny Server, the application server for Shiny. Using Shiny Server, you can host multiple Shiny applications, as well as static web content, on a Linux server and make them available over the internet. You can specify what applications are available at what URL, or configure Shiny Server to let anyone with a user account on the server deploy their own Shiny applications. For more details, see our previous blog post.

Shiny Server is available as a public beta today. Follow the instructions on our GitHub project page to get started now!