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Hands-On Dashboard Development with Shiny

By : Chris Beeley
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Hands-On Dashboard Development with Shiny

By: Chris Beeley

Overview of this book

Although vanilla Shiny applications look attractive with some layout flexibility, you may still want to have more control over how the interface is laid out to produce a dashboard. Hands-On Dashboard Development with Shiny helps you incorporate this in your applications. The book starts by guiding you in producing an application based on the diamonds dataset included in the ggplot2 package. You’ll create a single application, but the interface will be reskinned and rebuilt throughout using different methods to illustrate their uses and functions using HTML, CSS, and JavaScript. You will also learn to develop an application that creates documents and reports using R Markdown. Furthermore, the book demonstrates the use of HTML templates and the Bootstrap framework. Moving along, you will learn how to produce dashboards using the Shiny command and dashboard package. Finally, you will learn how to lay out applications using a wide range of built-in functions. By the end of the book, you will have an understanding of the principles that underpin layout in Shiny applications, including sections of HTML added to a vanilla Shiny application, HTML interfaces written from scratch, dashboards, navigation bars, and interfaces.
Table of Contents (5 chapters)

HTML and Shiny

Shiny is an R language framework that is used to create interactive and powerful web apps. Shiny can be used as a standalone app on a web page or as a build dashboard using R Markdown. This allows us to explore, download, and analyze data using a web browser. Shiny apps can be extended using CSS, JavaScript, and even an HTML widgets package.

In this chapter, we will be learning about Shiny built-in functions and HTML to build attractive, interactive, user-friendly applications. We will be covering the following topics in the chapter:

  • Introducing Shiny functions to produce HTML
  • Creating a Shiny app using HTML and CSS
  • An application to download reports using R Markdown
  • Introducing HTML templates