[R] Script file editors for Windows - submit highlighted text?

Hans W. Borchers borchers at decrc.abb.de
Thu Jul 4 17:49:37 CEST 2002

Use WinEDT with R-WinEDT Extension on Windows ... !

| I use S+, Stata, SAS and R depending on the weather... The
| script file editors in S+, SAS and Stata all allow me to submit a
| portion of a developing script file to the running process. In R I have
| to use an external editor and either source the entire file or do lots
| of copy-and-pasting. Are there any editors out there which interface
| to R more closely and let me submit a section of code in one key
| (or mouse) stroke? Language-aware features would be nice as well!
| I know about EMACS/ESS but have never been able to get on with
| EMACS - when in Windoze I like my pointy-clicky interface!
| Thanks for any pointers

Yes, there is one very nice Editor for Windows that can do almost exactly
what you want. It is the WinEDT editor (http://www.winedt.com) that is
known especially in the TeX/LaTeX community for Windows.

There is an R-WinEDT extension available on CRAN at the Software->Other
page (http://cran.r-project.org/other-software.html) and I am really a bit
astonished this is not better known.

It lets you select text (or the whole file) in the editor that will be
executed from an open R process by just one mouse click.

WinEDT is shareware and there is a demo version available for 30 days (and
more), and it costs about $30. I would say it's worth the money anyway.

Hans W. Borchers

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