[R] R editor for Mac

Richard M. Heiberger rmh at temple.edu
Thu Jan 21 01:46:23 CET 2016

Emacs with ESS is very simple to operate when you use the menu.
See Paul Johnson's document

[Emacs has no learning curve: Emacs and ESS]


On Wed, Jan 20, 2016 at 2:59 PM, Duncan Murdoch
<murdoch.duncan at gmail.com> wrote:
> On 20/01/2016 2:22 PM, Franklin Bretschneider wrote:
>> Dear Christofer Bogaso,
>> Re:
>> > Could you please suggest a good R editor for Mac OS X (10.7.5)
>> Indeed, as Roy Mendelssohn wrote, the editor built into "R.app", the GUI
>> program which is part of the standard R for OS X, has a beautiful editor,
>> complete with syntax colouring and bracket balancing. And one can run only
>> one or a few lines from a script at wish.
>> I couldn't wish myself more.
> R.app looks nicer than RStudio (no tiling), but it is missing a lot of
> functionality.
>  - the debugger
>  - the integration with other tools provided by RStudio, like Shiny,
> RMarkdown, htmlwidgets, package building tools, etc.
>  - the integration with source code management.
>  - session management (i.e. it's easier to shut down and restart R, which
> you frequently need to do when developing and testing packages)
>  - syntax checking hints in the editor (not just for R, for some other
> languages too).
> I think Emacs + ESS matches (exceeds if you count non-R stuff) RStudio in
> functionality, but it is much harder to learn.
> Duncan Murdoch
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