I have an app currently deployed to shinyapps.io that is built with the
shinydashboardPlus package. The maintainers of that package have announced that version 188.8.131.5200, which is currently unreleased, will have a large number of breaking changes, some of which will affect functions that are in my code. They acknowledge that most code that uses this package will need to be re-written to cope with these changes.
The app is a project I've been working on for a while, and within the next few months I won't have nearly as much time to devote to it because I'll be moving on to other things. I have no idea when the new version of
shinydashboardPlus is going to be released, but since I have lots of time now, I would like to test out those breaking changes in my code now and make sure I can get it to run smoothly with the upcoming package version.
I know that I can install the development version of
shinydashboardPlus from Github, but it seems that shinyapps.io doesn't support non-CRAN package versions (e.g. this thread, although I'm a little confused because this doc says that packages downloaded from Github should be supported? What gives?).
So, what is the best way to handle making these changes to my app? Since I don't know when the next
shinydashboardPlus version is going to be released to CRAN, I can't plan in advance and know whether I'll be able to update my app as soon as the CRAN version becomes available. I don't want everything to break, and I'd love to do the updates right now, but I also need the app to be deployable in the interim.
Can anyone help me figure out how to navigate this? Thanks in advance for your help, and for your patience if I've fundamentally misunderstood something about how this process works. I'm a relative newcomer to Shiny, and I'm also pretty new to dealing with versions of dependencies, so I just want to do the right thing.