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Houston R Users Group Message Board › R development on a Mac

R development on a Mac

user 13319339
Houston, TX
Post #: 3
I'm looking on any tips / IDE for writing scripts and packages on the Mac. I'm coming from the Windows world (oh the shame). I've used, and generally like, Tinn-R on Windows. Is there an equivalent on the Mac. Also at work I primarly use Windows / Linux is there anything supported on all 3?
Ed G.
user 8503925
Group Organizer
Houston, TX
Post #: 5
The ESS package for the emacs editor is popular among our members. I use it on OSX with Aquamacs. Best of all, emacs is cross platform, and since emacs uses elisp for scripting, all your customizations can be stored in a text file (usually called .emacs) and synced up using dropbox or github or some other mechanism. So, you can have all the platforms (linux, windows, osx) work the same and get the same syntax highlighting, etc. And it's free (as in beer and as in speech). The downside is that emacs has a steep learning curve. Also, if you run into someone using vi as their primary editor, you are obligated to fight them to the death.

TextMate is another popular choice and it has an R.bundle for syntax highlighting. I've never used it so I can't comment. I found this blog post that describes it. http://codeandculture...­

Smultron is another one you may want to look into. Here's a list of various editors by platform with R support. http://www.sciviews.o...­

A former member
Post #: 1
I like TextWrangler (http://www.barebones....­, because it is free and has syntax highlighting for R (through plugins). It doesn't allow collapsible code blocks though, which is annoying, but not that big of a deal.
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