FAQ: Introduction to R Syntax - Why R?

This community-built FAQ covers the “Why R?” exercise from the lesson “Introduction to R Syntax”.

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What is markdown? What is rendering?

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R Markdown is a file format for making dynamic documents with R. An R Markdown document is written in markdown (an easy-to-write plain text format) and contains chunks of embedded R code


This is absurd! I’m a PhD computer scientist; I’ve programmed for years in Visual Studio, Lazarus, Prolog, and this thing doesn’t work! I have no idea what an R notebook is and I don’t have the patience to start experimenting to find out. There are lots of other ways to learn R. For heaven’s sake, why can’t you get an experienced course developer for this!