[R-SIG-Mac] please recommend an editor
kevinvol2002 at yahoo.com
Tue Dec 6 22:09:13 CET 2005
Appreciate you all for kind replys. With others, I am
getting incrediable amount of Info. It really really
--- Kasper Daniel Hansen <khansen at stat.Berkeley.EDU>
> As several people have replied, Emacs is by far the
> preferred choice
> for most serious R developers. Using the ESS package
> with Emacs
> provides you with an interface to R which goes
> beyond just syntax
> highlightning. An example (which Simon has already
> described): you
> can press a key combination to start looking up in
> the help system.
> Typing plot. and pressing TAB will then give you
> alist of help pages
> for functions starting with plot. amongst the loaded
> packages. This
> is extremely useful. There are other features such
> as the ability to
> send a single line of code or a single function to R
> (instead of
> sourcing the whole script). For package writes there
> are also nice
> modes for .Rd files and (in case you use it) saved
> transcript files
> (you can eg. say you entire transcript from an R
> session and remove
> all the output, leaving only the commands as a
> sourcable R script.).
> Ess supports Sweave documents as well.
> Emacs has other advantages:
> * it is truly cross-platform, a big advantage if you
> are also using
> *NIX servers and/or windows
> * it supports basically any kind of language out
> there, so if you
> write in a set of different language, it makes sense
> to use a single
> * One small lifesaver for statisticians (and
> others): it supports
> rectangular cut and paste: imagine being able to cut
> out a column
> from a table...
> Other editors does the same, but the functionality
> of the ESS package
> is to my knowledge not present in any other editor,
> making Emacs a
> first choice for R users.
> Having said all of that, Emacs is a big program
> (which btw. is older
> than dos), with some learning curve. It will take
> you a long time
> before you feel totally at home in it. And you will
> spend the first
> couple of months cursing about the strange key
> combinations and the
> small quirks. So do not even think of using it
> unless you plan to do
> more than write 10 lines of R code.
> As Jan has said: you do not in any way need to run
> X11 to run Emacs,
> although it makes sense to use x11 to plot graphics.
> Other people have suggested other editors for the
> causal user.
> On Dec 5, 2005, at 2:07 PM, Hai Lin wrote:
> > Hi R-Mac users:
> > I am using R in Mac OS 10.3.8 and I am trying to
> find an editor
> > which is compatible with R in Mac. I recently
> bumped into Xcode for
> > a few times in Mac when I directly opened scripts.
> Would Xcode be a
> > good editor to learn? Are there a lot people use
> > I don't know what you use to edit your files.
> Can you recommend?
> > Thanks for any information.
> > Kevin
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