[R] reducing learning curves?

Drew drewbrewit at yahoo.com
Wed Jan 25 14:22:36 CET 2006

In regards to text editors:

If you are a Unix user, I'd recommend Emacs (although
it has its own large
learning curve.) On Windows I use PSpad
(www.pspad.com) because it is easy
to use and learn and has some of the features you
request: syntax
highlighting, code completion, code builder, among
many other features I
find useful.


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Subject: [R] reducing learning curves?

Hi all,

I am really new to the R language. I am a long time
Matlab and C++ user and
I was "forced" to learn R because I am taking a
statistics class.

I am seeking to reduce the learning curve to as smooth
as possible.

Are there any addon/plug-in features that can reduce
the learning curve, for
example, the following features can be very helpful
for new learners:

1. Matlab-like command line auto-completion: Matlab
has huge amount of
command and nobody is able to remember them off the
head. So a nice feature
of Matlab command line is that I just need to type the
first a few letters
and then I press "TAB" key, there will be a list of
possible commands
popping up so I just need to select one. This helps a
lot in terms of
learning for new comers. A more advanced command
auto-completion is Visual
C++-like, which is implemented in program editor. It
helps a lot while doing

2. A good IDE editor with embedded inline debugger:
can be as good as VC++,
but also can be as simple as Matlab's debugger, which
can breakpoint and
trace line-by-line... the editor can do syntax
correction, syntax check,
syntax highlighting, code formatting, etc.

Could you please recommend some good addon/plugins
that have the above

Could you please also suggest some tips/tools/tricks
that can help me reduce
the learning curve?

Thank you very much!


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