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Stephanie Locke

Steph Locke wants to live in a world where everyone she encounters enjoys their jobs and is awesome. Since she's gifted with the inability to be daunted by a task, she's using her unbounded perkiness to bring awesomeness to the people. Living the dream as a data scientist, Steph spends her days getting value out of data and engineering solutions. When she’s not doing exceedingly fun stuff during the day, you can probably find her doing exceedingly fun stuff at a community event.  She runs three user groups in Cardiff and supports a number of others. As well as enjoying helping increase awesomeness locally, she's also tackling the task nationally! A veteran organiser of SQL Relay, Steph runs the Cardiff event growing it year on year, and has taken stints running the marketing, sponsorship and the whole conference to help bring more knowledge to the masses. She's now also helping to grow the R community with the development of satRdays. If it's not an event she's organised, then she's at someone else's event where they've been crazy enough to let her talk or help out at. EARL, SQLBits, SQL Relay and SQL Saturday organisers have all let Steph speak and help out, and most recently she was made a Microsoft Data Platform MVP recognising her gift of the gab and willingness to help out. 
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#satRdays voting closes May 31st 27 May 2016
Voting for 2 of the 3 locations for satRday conferences will be closing at the end of May 31st (GMT). It’s been a phenomenal turnout with more than 1,500 votes so far. You can still vote if you haven’t already! EU status Budapest, Hungary, is where Gergely will be throwing the EU event ...

satRday location voting now open 11 May 2016
satRdays, free R conferences, are a project being supported by the R Consortium. When Gergely and I submitted our proposal, we said we’d be supporting three conferences: Budapest, Hungary (Gergely’s home turf) Somewhere in the US Somewhere else in the world We’ve had an ...

Installing SQL Server ODBC drivers on Ubuntu 15.04 20 Apr 2016
Please note this used to cover how to do this on Travis-CI but now only covers how to install on Ubuntu 15.04 Did you know you can now get SQL Server ODBC drivers for Ubuntu? Yes, no, maybe? It’s ok even if you haven’t since it’s pretty new! Anyway, this presents me with an ideal ...

Shiny module design patterns: Pass module inputs to other modules 19 Apr 2016
Continuing in the series of shiny module design patterns, this post covers how to pass all the inputs from one module to another. TL;DR Return input from within the server call. Store the callModule() result in a variable. Pass the variable into arguments for other modules. Access the variable like ...

Shiny module design patterns: Pass module input to other modules 14 Apr 2016
Following on from looking at the shiny modules design pattern of passing an input value to many modules, I’m now going to look at a more complex shiny module design pattern: passing an input from one module to another. TL;DR Return the input in a reactive expression from within the server ...