RStudio has finally moved out of “beta” status last week, and the first official production version is now available. This is great news for all of us who use RStudio as the primary IDE for R programming. 

Check out this link for the release history of RStudio and all changes that’s been it has gone through over the last 6 years.

Some of the major new functionality added in this release are:

  • Support for R Notebooks, a new interactive document format combining R code and output. It’s similar to (but not based on) Jupyter Noteooks, in that an R Notebook includes chunks of R code that can be processed independently (as opposed to R Markdown documents that are processed all at once in batch mode.)
  • GUI support for the sparklyr package, with menus and dialogs for connecting to a Spark cluster, and for browsing and previewing the available Spark Dataframe objects.
  • Profiling tools for measuring which parts of your R code are consuming the most processing time, based on the profvis package.
  • Dialogs to import data from file formats including Excel, SAS and SPSS, based on the readr, readxl and haven packages.

Checkout the official blog for more information about this release. 

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