shinyAce

The shinyAce package enables Shiny application developers to use the Ace text editor in their applications. All current modes (languages) and themes are supported in this package. The mode, theme, and current text can be defined when the element is initialized in ui.R or afterwards using the updateAceEditor() function. The editor registers itself as a reactive Shiny input, so the current value of the editor can easily be pulled from server.R using input$yourEditorsName.

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shinyAce

Or view an interactive example.

Installation

You can install the latest version of the code using the devtools R package. This package uses a new proposed feature in Shiny which must be specifically installed, as well.

# Install devtools, if you haven't already.
install.packages("devtools")

library(devtools)
install_github("shinyAce", "trestletech")

Getting Started

Various examples are available in the inst/examples directory included in the package. A few examples are described below.

01-basic (Live Demo)

Run example: runGitHub("shinyAce", "trestletech", subdir="inst/examples/01-basic")

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shinyAce

Demonstrates the basic capabilities of shinyAce including the ability to set an initial value, or interactively assign a value, theme, or mode later on in the session.

02-eval

Run example: runGitHub("shinyAce", "trestletech", subdir="inst/examples/02-eval")

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shinyAce

Shows an example of using shinyAce to allow the user to compose R code which will then be evaluated on the server.

03-knitr

Run example: runGitHub("shinyAce", "trestletech", subdir="inst/examples/03-knitr")

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shinyAce

Demonstrates integrating shinyAce with the knitR package. (Note also that an example of this integration is available in the knitR package itself and includes features such as R syntax highlighting.)

04-shinyui

Run example: runGitHub("shinyAce", "trestletech", subdir="inst/examples/04-shinyui")

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shinyAce

Demonstrates using shinyAce to allow a user to create a Shiny UI within Shiny itself. The UI can then be rendered on the right half of the page. Could be a great learning tool for teaching how to construct Shiny UIs.

Security Note

As with any online application, it is a genuinely bad idea to allow arbitrary users to execute code on your server. The above examples show such an environment in which arbitrary R code is being executed on a remote machine. In a trusted environment (such as after authenticating a user or on a network protected by a firewall), this may not be a terrible idea; on a public server without authentication, it most certainly is. So please use the above examples with caution, realizing that without proper security checks in place, allowing unknown users to execute arbitrary R code would make it trivial for an attacker to compromise your server or steal your private data.

License

The development of this project was generously sponsored by the Institut de Radioprotection et de Sûreté Nucléaire and performed by Jeff Allen. The code is licensed under The MIT License (MIT).

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