RStudio as a documentation tool for software development
February 12, 2018

RStudio as a documentation tool for software development

Robin Mattern | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User

Overall Satisfaction with RStudio

We are software developers, not data scientists. We use RStudio for documentation. The .RMD pages allow us to document operational and development tasks with repeatable commands and/or scripts intermixed with explanations.


  • Document BASH and build scripts written in various languages.
  • Run Ad Hoc and initial SQL statements against our databases.
  • Easily publish the .RMD documents as HTML or PDF files.


  • Support for NodeJS and Javascript.
  • Better examples and documentation regarding PanDoc.
  • Saves us time when communicating complex setup procedures.
VSCode is our primary code editor. It also supports Markdown. If fact it has real time rendering of Markdown and HTML in side by side panes. While it has an excellent debugger, it does not have executable statement intermixed with descriptive test.

Using RStudio

Like to use
Relatively simple
Easy to use
Technical support not required
Well integrated
Quick to learn
Feel confident using
  • Mixing executable code with text explanations
  • Generating and publishing HTML and PDF files from Markdown documentation
  • There is no debugger. Support of BASH command is difficult.
Because it is very straightforward. Sometimes, however, customizing the rendering engine, PanDoc, is difficult.


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