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Bay Area useR Group (R Programming Language) Message Board Bay Area useR Group (R Programming Language) Discussion Forum › text editor for R programming language

text editor for R programming language

Woon J.
user 51434842
San Francisco, CA
Post #: 1
Hello R-users:

I want to know what text editor for R programming language is good for Window 7 OS?

There are so many text editors such as Emacs ESS, Vim, Tinn-R, ...., so don't know what to use it.

I am new to the R programming language, but I have back ground of some other programming language.

I need to use R for my work and work station uses Window 7 OS.

Also if you can help me or show to web-link for integration with text editor you would suggest and R.
I downloaded R 2.15.0


Mike W.
San Francisco, CA
Post #: 2
Hi WJ,

To give the best information, it depends upon what else you'd like to do with it. That being said, I will throw in my 2 cents:

-- If you're ONLY going to use R with it, and don't plan on doing anything else, I'd suggest using either the editor that comes with R itself when you install, or use RStudio (­ ).

-- If you're planning on using it along with some other programming languages, then I would say either use Emacs and install ESS ( http://ess.r-project....­ ) or use the editor that is most friendly for the other language, and install something for R (e.g., Eclipse & StatET http://www.splusbook....­ ).
o I find emacs nice if you will move between OS's, e.g., if you're going to do some development in your Windows 7 system, but will deploy on a unix server, because it can feel so "generic". Otherwise, emacs isn't ideal, IMHO, unless you really know all its shortcuts well.


PS It shouldn't really matter which version of R you have. The editors typically simply run R "as is". So if you run different versions of R, different things may or may not work, but that will be editor-independent, to my knowledge.
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