Preview: R Tools for Visual Studio 1.0

February 23, 2017

(This article was first published on Revolutions, and kindly contributed to R-bloggers)

After more than a year in preview R Tools for Visual Studio, the open-source extension to the Visual Studio IDE for R programming, is nearing its official release. RTVS Release Candidate 1 is now available for download, giving you the opportunity to try out the new features ahead of the official announcement.


We'll cover the features in detail with the general availability release of RTVS 1.0, but in summary the new features include:

  • Remote Execution: type R code in your local RTVS instance, but have the computations performed on a remote R server. You can also switch between local and remote workspaces at will.
  • SQL Server Integration: work with database connections and SQL queries, and create stored procedures with embedded R code.
  • Enhanced R Graphics Support: multiple floating and dockable plot windows, each with plot history.

RTVS works with all flavours of R on Windows: CRAN R, Microsoft R Open, and Microsoft R Client & Server. It requires Visual Studio 2015 (including the free Community edition). The RTVS team welcomes your feedback: you can report issues or offer suggestions via the RTVS Github repository. To get started with RTVS, follow the link below.

R Tools for Visual Studio: Welcome to R Tools for Visual Studio Preview!

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