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November 18, 2009


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Aside ess, which is great, you can also install emacs-snapshot-gtk and you will have a GTK interface for emacs, with better font shapes and aliasing. It's only eye-candy, but I think it makes more confortable to use emacs and R.

There is a nice Eclipse plug-in which supports R. Unfortunately, its homepage [1] is not updated to often

[1] http://www.walware.de/goto/statet

Hey Fernando, just want to say thanks for creating ESS! That's my main mode of using R and I love it.

There's also an handy R plugin for gedit


David: I stopped using ESS several years ago as well. This was in due in part to my conversion from Linux to Mac OS X. What is your primary mode of using R now? I’m currently using TextMate and the R.tmbundle

I remember way back when you wanted emacs as your login shell on our Sun servers!

Thus the obligatory comment... what about vim? http://www.vim.org/scripts/script.php?script_id=1048

Another option is to use Vim to interact with R.


Years ago there was an R plugin for Vim but it was pretty limited. Over the past year, there was renewed interest in improving this plugin and the current version is really a thing of beauty.

The current plugin allows users of GVim and Vim to send syntax to the R interpreter. I had some problems with EMACS/ESS freezing when working with larger files and I have not had this problem using the Vim setup.

If you like Vim, install this thing today. It can do 90% of what ESS can do.

Unfortunately, you can not apt-get it. Instead you will need to download it and unzip the package into your ~/.vim folder.

Oops, I meant to thank David.

There is also an excellent all-in-one binary for Windows, put together by Vincent Goulet:


Nice for those of us who have to move between OS's.

There is also RKWard, a very nice and clean UI for KDE on Linux. And it also works on Windows with KDE for Windows!

I second using RKWard, it has become my favourite tool in Ubuntu, and the graphical interface is excellent!

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