Rstudio, an open source cross-platform IDE for R, seems to be really attractive. It probably will not drag me away from Emacs, but having more options is always a good thing.
The only downside of it is that it automatically installs R from the Ubuntu software repository, even though I have already had a manually compiled version installed on the system. It will be better if Rstudio does not try to install a version of R as default but gives the choice to the user.
I think this IDE is an excellent choice for teaching purpose: by now the only reason I am hesitating to teach my students using R as opposed to other statistical package is the lack of a “modern” IDE. I mean, Emacs + ESS suites me just fine, but I cannot imagine what will happen if I try to make my undergraduate students learn to do this on their Windows machine!
After a few tweaks, and many thanks to the guys working on Rstudio, I was able to compile and install the source distribution.
- git clone [email protected]:rstudio/rstudio.git
- git submodule update –init –recursive
- cmake -DRSTUDIO_TARGET=Desktop -DCMAKE_BUILD_TYPE=Release
- sudo make install