In This Chapter
Looking at your R editing options
Writing your first R script
Finding your way around the R workspace
In order to start working in R, you need to use an editing tool. Which editing tool you use depends to some extent on your operating system, because R doesn’t provide a single graphical editor for all operating systems. The basic R install gives you the following:
Windows: A basic editor called RGui.
Mac OS X: A basic R editor called R.app.
Linux: There is no specific R editor on Linux, but you can use any editor (like Vim or Emacs) to edit your R code.
At a practical level, this difference between operating systems doesn’t matter very much because R is a programming language, and you can be sure that R interprets your code identically ...