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Mastering RStudio: Develop, Communicate, and Collaborate with R

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Overview of this book

RStudio helps you to manage small to large projects by giving you a multi-functional integrated development environment, combined with the power and flexibility of the R programming language, which is becoming the bridge language of data science for developers and analyst worldwide. Mastering the use of RStudio will help you to solve real-world data problems. This book begins by guiding you through the installation of RStudio and explaining the user interface step by step. From there, the next logical step is to use this knowledge to improve your data analysis workflow. We will do this by building up our toolbox to create interactive reports and graphs or even web applications with Shiny. To collaborate with others, we will explore how to use Git and GitHub and how to build your own packages to ensure top quality results. Finally, we put it all together in an interactive dashboard written with R.
Table of Contents (17 chapters)
Mastering RStudio – Develop, Communicate, and Collaborate with R
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Chapter 1. The RStudio IDE – an Overview

The number of users adopting the R programming language has been increasing faster and faster in the last few years. It is not just used for smaller analyses, but also for bigger projects, and often, several people collaborating on the same project. The functions of the R console are limited when it comes to managing a lot of files, or when we want to work with version control systems. This is the reason, in combination with the increasing adoption rate, why a need for a better development environment arose. To serve this need, a team of R fans began to develop an integrated development environment (IDE) to make it easier to work on bigger projects and to collaborate with others. This IDE has the name, RStudio. We will introduce you to this fantastic software and show you how to take your R programming to the next level. Mastering the use of RStudio will help you solve real-world problems faster and more effectively.

In this chapter, we will introduce you to the RStudio interface and build the foundation for more advanced topics in the following chapters.

This chapter covers the following topics:

  • Downloading and installing RStudio

  • Getting to know the RStudio interface

  • Working with RStudio projects