[R] Summary: Interacting with R
Martin Henry H. Stevens
hstevens at rci.rutgers.edu
Fri Apr 20 21:08:58 CEST 2001
Many people replied. Thank you all very very much for the input. The sheer volume provided me with strong encouragement to make a leap into a programming environment.
1. Nearly everyone suggested that I bite the bullet, get Emacs and ESS.
2. Most people also suggested using R-WinEdt with WinEdt (only on windows).
3. Use the Display file menu item in Rgui to run parts of a program. This is more convenient
than ESS (and just one key stroke), although you can't edit in an R pager. (Thanks to BD Ripley).
----- Original Message -----
From: Uwe Ligges
To: Martin Henry H. Stevens
Cc: r-help at hypatia.math.ethz.ch
Sent: Friday, April 20, 2001 11:05 AM
Subject: Re: [R] Interacting with R
> "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.
> I have been writing functions and scripts in Word, saving as text
> (with the .txt suffix I cannot get rid of) and then using "source()"
> to implement functions. This is okay, but seems a little clumsy.
There is ESS for the Emacs, which is very nice for interacting with R.
If you have WinEdt available, you might also want to have a look at
R-WinEdt (only on windows).
Both abvailable at http://CRAN.R-Project.org/other-software.html
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