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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

thanks,

WJ
Mike W.
lazarillo
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 ( http://rstudio.org/...­ ).

-- 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.

Regards,
Mike

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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