[R] best editor for .R files

John Hendrickx john_hendrickx at yahoo.com
Fri Nov 21 14:25:31 CET 2003

An extensive review of text editors for different platforms is at
It's geared to Stata users but contains relevant information for R
users as well.

Personally, I use TextPad for Windows. It has syntax highlighting,
regular expression search and replace, selection of rectangular
blocks  of text. You can run programs from within TextPad and if the
output file has been opened it's automatically updated if you submit
the syntax again, a very useful feature I found.

Good luck,
John Hendrickx

--- partha_bagchi at hgsi.com wrote:
> On the Windows platform, I use SourceEdit which also has R syntax 
> highlighting (and much more) (http://www.brixoft.com/). However, as
> an 
> organization, we do have plans to look at the IDE Eclipse 
> (http://www.eclipse.org/ )
> Partha
> "Angel" <angel_lul at hotmail.com>
> Sent by: r-help-bounces at stat.math.ethz.ch
> 11/20/2003 04:27 PM
>         To:     <r-help at stat.math.ethz.ch>
>         cc: 
>         Subject:        [R] best editor for .R files
> Which is the best editor for .R files?
> I currently use kate on my linux as it has R highlighting and
> allows me to
> split the window into two: in one I edit the .R file and in the
> other I 
> have
> a shell so I run R and can easily  copy and paste the code. There
> are some
> features that I don't like and I am having a look on some
> alternatives.
> I've heard wonders of emacs with ess but I am a little bit
> frightened of 
> the
> steep learning curve.
> What do the R experts use or would recommend using?
> Both linux and/or windows alternatives are welcomed.
> I guess it would much depend on the particular needs/preferences of
> each
> user but I would like to know which are the most commonly used
> editors.
> Thanks,
> Angel
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