(off topic) Re: [R] Notepad

Jim Lemon bitwrit at ozemail.com.au
Wed Feb 28 21:38:19 CET 2001

The discussion on editors prompts the following comments.

1) One reason I put "Kickstarting R" together is that most people come
to R as migrants; they already have an editor, a browser, etc. that they
know how to use.  Learning one thing is easier than learning many (Jon
Baron's comment on interference is most relevant).

2) NotePad isn't a great editor, but it will serve for the prosaic tasks
that one encounters while learning R.  I don't use it myself, but R is
supposed to work under Windows and that is the editor that comes with
the system.

3) The usual number of responses spent a lot of time dissing NotePad and
advertising their favorite editor.  As various contributors noted,
NotePad actually does most of the things that some people said it
doesn't.  Positive advice (like the fact that NotePad _always_ saves in
plain text) is usually helpful.  Negative advice always reminds me of
the marketing practices of some software companies.


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