Getting Started with RStudio
An Integrated Development Environment for R
Publisher: O'Reilly Media
Final Release Date: September 2011
Pages: 98

Dive into the RStudio Integrated Development Environment (IDE) for using and programming R, the popular open source software for statistical computing and graphics. This concise book provides new and experienced users with an overview of RStudio, as well as hands-on instructions for analyzing data, generating reports, and developing R software packages.

The open source RStudio IDE brings many powerful coding tools together into an intuitive, easy-to-learn interface. With this guide, you’ll learn how to use its main components—including the console, source code editor, and data viewer—through descriptions and case studies. Getting Started with RStudio serves as both a reference and introduction to this unique IDE.

  • Use RStudio to provide enhanced support for interactive R sessions
  • Clean and format raw data quickly with several RStudio components
  • Edit R commands with RStudio’s code editor, and combine them into functions
  • Easily locate and use more than 3,000 add-on packages in R’s CRAN service
  • Develop and document your own R packages with the code editor and related components
  • Create one-click PDF reports in RStudio with a mix of text and R output
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    4.0

    Nice and concise

    By XV

    from Quebec

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      Comments about oreilly Getting Started with RStudio:

      I am not sure why the other reviewers were so negative. The books is a nice, simple introduction tp RStudio. I guess it assumes a working knowledge of R, but if you have it, you get the main points of RStudio in a couple of hours....

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      1.0

      Not Helpful Save Your Money

      By jgh

      from rockville, md

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        • Difficult to understand
        • Not comprehensive enough

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          Comments about oreilly Getting Started with RStudio:

          Agree with other reviews. Do not waste your money. Even chapter 2 on how to data clean starts of without making sense on how to download data. How did this get published?

          (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          1.0

          book is a chaos

          By Amr

          from Egypt

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            • Too many errors

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              Comments about oreilly Getting Started with RStudio:

              sorry but nothing is worth mentioning

              (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

               
              1.0

              Sample data is unusable

              By apm74

              from Fairfax, VA

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                Comments about oreilly Getting Started with RStudio:

                Spent hours trying just to read in the sample data for the first example. Still won't work. Moving on....

                (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                1.0

                File-structure disaster

                By Jerry

                from Chicago, IL

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                  Comments about oreilly Getting Started with RStudio:

                  I've been at it for four hours. 1.25 hours to download the first file from an ultra-obscure location several directories down from where they said it was. That's page 13.

                  Now, to use the read.csv, 3 hours later, and I still cannot manage to get read.csv to recognize the file. I have started several projects in several directories. No luck each time. That's on pp. 16--17. Where must the .txt file live? Which directory must be where the project starts? Since nothing is working, I have several other questions, none of which are addressed in the text.

                  No doubt, the publisher/author/whatever will respond with something to the effect that I am as stupid as he has said that the other negative reviewers here are. The problem is that the book does not literally state how to download the first file and read it with read.csv.

                  I write code and help for computer software for a living. Contact me, and I can help with the sorry state of this book. I have already sent two emails in the last five hours to bookquestions at oreilly.com.

                  If things get better, I will be happy to raise my review score, but only if it is better for other users, such as descriptions for what to do at these early stages.

                  (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                   
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                  Where are the examples?

                  By Sri Arthur

                  from Gloucester, MA

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                  Pros

                  • Concise
                  • It is written in prose

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                  • Not comprehensive enough
                  • Too many errors
                  • Wasn't well thought out

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                  • Door stop
                  • Student

                  Comments about oreilly Getting Started with RStudio:

                  We need a zero star option. How expensive can it be to have samples from the writer or another O'Neill writer for a book on R. Just how bad is this language to learn?

                  Until there is a direct listing of samples, don't bother to buy this misconcieved book.

                  (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  2.0

                  Great.....but where is example data?

                  By Jan

                  from Norway

                  About Me Educator, Maker

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                  • Concise
                  • Easy to understand
                  • Well-written

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                  • Too many errors

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                  • Intermediate
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                  Comments about oreilly Getting Started with RStudio:

                  First some well-deserved praise! This book is AFAIK so far the only one written about RStudio, and I really like its quick, simple style. It does not try to teach statistics or R (there are plenty of books for that on the market already), but instead provides practical details about the up and coming (and amazing!) RStudio IDE. I think everybody considering buying this book should be aware of this, DO NOT EXPECT a book about R or statistics!

                  The info in the book is interesting, practical, really useful and nicely sums up information that can be somewhat hard to obtain and/or overlooked through other sources, even though the RStudio web site is comprehensive. It even includes quick tutorials in R package programming and Sweave - nice!

                  However, as others have pointed out, the author/O'Reilly(?) makes a phenomenal blunder by NOT including the first data file "Degas8_13_2010_12_1AM.rtf" (used in the FIRST example in the book) in the downloadable example code !!!

                  This is my first purchase with O'Reilly, and if their proof reading is of this standard, I'm truly disappointed. However, what is worse is that O'Reilly have not responded with a correction of this error. Everybody can make a mistake, but there is no excuse for not sorting this out the minute it was pointed out in the reviews. Come on, O'Reilly, it has now been two months since this first was pointed out. Where's the correction ?? Before this is corrected, there is no way I can recommend this as a serious book to students or others.

                  (3 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  1.0

                  mad at myself for bying this book

                  By stat prof

                  from Washington

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                      Comments about oreilly Getting Started with RStudio:

                      I spent $20 and got this incomprehensible book. Like the other reviewer, I read and reread and googled around to find the data for the example. After hours I found it on the book's website, here, kind of obscure. Even then, the next steps are not straight forward. Mr. Verzani, why did you do that? Your other book is not that bad!

                      (9 of 12 customers found this review helpful)

                       
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                      The book is a disaster

                      By SAAM

                      from Grand Rapids, Michigan

                      Comments about oreilly Getting Started with RStudio:

                      It is very simple, the book begins with a cleaning-up code project for which the data file is nowhere to be found, thus rendering the book useless as it is impossible to follow along.

                      Great concept but very crummy book. The author should have made the code and data files available, that would have made the book priceless.

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