[Rd] IDE for R C++ package writing ?

Prof Brian Ripley ripley at stats.ox.ac.uk
Fri Feb 23 12:17:12 CET 2007

You seem to mention both Linux and Windows.

Emacs and XEmacs are both stable on both platforms, and I think most R 
developers use an emacs or vi variant for all their programming.  I would 
not call emacs an IDE, but the main thing I find useful is to have a 
language-aware editor (syntax highlighting, indentation ...).

If you write a package you will also need an Rd editor, and emacs/ESS is 
probably the best supported of those.

Later versions of precompiled emacs for Windows have existed, but I am 
running 21.3.1 (2002) on Windows and 21.4.1 on Linux: emacs itself is very 
stable.  If you prefer a more graphical environment, XEmacs is a good 
alternative and despite its name has an active Windows version.

On Fri, 23 Feb 2007, mel wrote:

> Dear all,
> I have to develop a (hopefully) small package for R in C++.
> I didn't code in C++ for some years, and i'm now searching
> for an adequate IDE for this task.
> Some of my criterions : not proprietary, not too heavy,
> open to linux, not java gasworks, still maintained, etc
> After looking on several places
> http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_C%2B%2B_compilers_and_integrated_development_environments
> http://www.freeprogrammingresources.com/cppide.html
> + R docs
> I was thinking on code::blocks, and emacs (and perhaps vim)
> Emacs seems used by some R developers as an R editor.
> So i did think on emacs because it could perhaps be interesting
> to have the same editor for R code and C++ code.
> However, when looking at the last emacs windows version,
> it seems to date from january 2004 ... (dead end ?)
> ftp://ftp.gnu.org/pub/gnu/emacs/windows/
> I will be grateful for all advices on this tool topic.
> Better choosing emacs ? or code::blocks ?
> or another idea ?
> Does somebody have an idea about the most used IDEs for
> R C++ package writing ?
> Thanks
> Vincent
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