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I work with biologists. R which seems strange to me they seem to take to. I think some of it is Rstudio the ide, which shows variables in memory on the side bar, you can click to see them. It makes everything really accessible for those that aren't programmers. It seems to replace excel use for generating plots.

I've grown to appreciate R, especially its plotting ability (ggplot).




Rstudio is R for a lot of people. I'm a computational biologist in a group. Our PI is trying to get the postdocs to learn R themselves, but it's an uphill battle. I eventually warmed up to it - primarily for the plotting.

But a few weeks back he asked me how to do some kind of data sorting / manipulation in R. My answer was that it was a 10 line Python script and I gave him the code. Alas, he couldn't figure out how to save the script and run it from a command-line.

You can't underestimate at how important Rstudio is to the popularity of R for non-programmers.


I think some of it is Rstudio the ide, which shows variables in memory on the side bar, you can click to see them

This. Most programming IDEs show the code but hide the data. Excel shows the data but hides the code. RStudio is awesome because it shows both the code and the data.


It amazes me how few biologists / bioinformticians use an IDE.




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