RStudio just works out of the box
March 11, 2021

RStudio just works out of the box

Andrew Erickson | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User

Overall Satisfaction with RStudio

Our organization has devoted considerable resources to implement RStudio across the firm. We have dedicated servers, a team of specialists on staff to manage them, and many individuals who use the product. We use RStudio to analyze data in many forms--AMI data, utility participation data, survey response management, etc.
  • Code completion is a life saver when I vaguely know the function or variable and the popup fills in the correct choice
  • Help on function definitions right in the tool; no need to search the web
  • Repositioning panels on the fly allows me to minimize parts that matter and get more room for my analysis in the console or in the R file
  • Built in Git helps me remember to keep the repo current
  • Code formatting sometimes rearranges code that was formatted the way I wanted
  • There is a bit of a learning curve setting up projects, and it makes folders even if I already had them; perhaps modal on what each choice would do might help
  • We do not save environment when closing, perhaps include a one time for all checkbox
  • Multiple users are able to easily access the powerful servers to run complex code
  • Individuals can use either the server or local versions as their IDE
  • RStudio keeps improving
We have used Visual Studio Code in some circumstances. It is a more full featured IDE for all coding, not just R. RStudio does some things easily--just run the code, load the IDE, and go do your work. Visual Studio Code requires a ton of hand holding and extension stuff before you can just run the code.
RStudio is well suited to be a full IDE for R projects. We do regular R, R markdown, Shiny, and even some Sparklyr. If you need to see inside your data with R, the tool is a good choice. I appreciate that RStudio is open source so I can run a copy on my local machine for quick checks. We also have RStudio for multiple users and access the IDE on servers through Chrome. This allows us to run larger projects and keep them running for longer. The downside of multiple users on a server is that invariably something freezes. Running on the remote server often requires the team to restart and notify everyone.