Amazing open source tools
December 15, 2020

Amazing open source tools

Peter Higgins | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User

Overall Satisfaction with RStudio

[Used for] Data management and data analysis in research.
  • Data wrangling
  • See the data and the environment in IDE
  • Rmarkdown output in many forms
  • Readable code
  • Addins
  • Rainbow parentheses
  • Encourages open community & diversity
  • Fun conference
  • Segregation between high end and open source
  • Need a clear Shimano-Style trickle down timeline of technology - so that what is available for Pro premium now should be in the open source version in N (5? 10?) years.
  • Help teach new, diverse community to become coders and package-makers - pretty good now, but still fairly jargon-y and a steep learning curve. More resources to reach more people & move them from Excel to reproducible research.
  • Make writing functions in the tidyverse cleaner and easier. Tidyeval is still a bit of a mess. Much better with curly-curly, but still many exceptions. still a ways to go.
  • Ggvis is a neglected appendage. Should it be retired? is there a newer, better framework for interactive plots that can be used?
  • Embrace open source package developers who do great stuff, like flextable. Too often RStudio uses its bully pulpit to overrun existing packages (patchwork > cowplot, gt > flextable). Embrace these folks and bring them into the fold (well done with Claus Wilke. Would like to see something like that with David Gohel.
  • Would like to see a semi-automated workflow to take a dataset and generate oxygen documentation for each variable.
  • More efficient data analysis
  • Easier data sharing
  • No need for Tableau
[RStudio is] so much more flexible.
Microsoft Office 2016 (discontinued), GitHub, Slack
Sharing data, reports, plots in word and ppt works great.

Not great (lots of barriers to entry) for Excel users. They can "code" - lots of complex formulas. But lots of entry processes are not great. Just installing Rstudio has ~14 screens of yes/no/default clicks. Better to have an option for "just give me the standard install" with a lot fewer clicks.