[R] R vs. RStudio?

Fraser D. Neiman fneiman at monticello.org
Mon Jan 12 19:46:26 CET 2015

In my experience, another negative to RStudio is its performance  when trying to access  code or data files on a remote server over a VPN connection -- even modest files can take minutes to load and sometimes crash the session. 

The native R GUI seems to handle this better and I often am forced to use it when working remotely. But there is enough other good stuff in RStudio to make this a bummer.


-----Original Message-----
From: Duncan Murdoch [mailto:murdoch.duncan at gmail.com] 
Sent: Sunday, January 11, 2015 5:31 AM
To: Boris Steipe; R mailing list
Subject: Re: [R] R vs. RStudio?

On 10/01/2015 9:22 PM, Boris Steipe wrote:
> Could someone kindly enlighten me whether there are currently advantages to use R Studio vs. the normal R GUI? On the Mac I can't seem to find anything compelling, on Windows (which I don't use myself) I noticed last year that there seems to be no syntax highlighting available for the R GUI but R Studio had it.
> Surely there must be some value proposition in that project, what am I missing?

I find several advantages, and one or two disadvantages.

 - The debugger is nicer.  You can set breakpoints in the code editor and it installs them in the right place.

 - It has lots of support for things like Sweave, knitr, rmarkdown, etc.

 - It is easy to switch between different projects.

 - It looks the same on all platforms, so if you switch platforms you still know what you're doing.


 - I don't like the tiled display.  I find it doesn't give me enough space.

 - At least until recently, I haven't checked with the latest release, it converts files to the native format, i.e. saving a file on Windows gives you CR LF line endings, doing it elsewhere converts them to LF.
This is really irritating when files get changed for no good reason.

Duncan Murdoch

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