[R] Interacting with R

Prof Brian D Ripley ripley at stats.ox.ac.uk
Fri Apr 20 17:13:00 CEST 2001

On Fri, 20 Apr 2001, Martin Henry H. Stevens wrote:

> Dear R folks,
> (Running Windows 98, Pentium II, 128 Mb RAM)
> I have been using Splus 2000 for about 1.5 years, and have recently begun using R. I love the Open Source philosophy! I may be switching to to Linux soon.
> My question:
> How do people most often interact with R?
> In Splus 2000, I used "Script" windows to write functions. "Script" windows were great because:
>   1.. they are simple to start and save,
>   2.. I could highlight segments of code and run segments,
>   3.. They have the nifty feature of highlighting each opening parenthesis as you type the corresponding closing parenthesis,
>   4.. They were in Splus itself.
> Where would I look for a description of how folks interact with R to perform comparable tasks? Is there an introduction or appendix somewhere that walks a user through daily use that is a little beyond the simple command line stuff in V&R 3rd edition or "R for beginners" (E. Paradis 2000)? I thought I checked the standard documentation, but may have missed the relevent part.

Apart from ESS, you can highlight segments of code and run segments by
using the Display file menu item in Rgui, and I find that more convenient
than ESS (and just one key stroke).  You can't edit in an R pager, though.

Brian D. Ripley,                  ripley at stats.ox.ac.uk
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