A.2 Installing an IDE

As we wish to make our first steps with the R language as stress- and hassle-free as possible, let’s stick to a very user-friendly development environment called RStudio, which can be downloaded from https://rstudio.com/products/rstudio/ (choose RStudio Desktop Open Source Edition).

There are of course many other options for working with R, both interactive and non-interactive, including Jupyter Notebooks (see https://irkernel.github.io/), dynamically generated reports (see https://yihui.org/knitr/options/) and plain shell scripts executed from a terminal. However, for now let’s leave that to more advanced users.