Tutorial: Eclipse/StatET and Architect for Professional R Development

Tobias Verbeke , OpenAnalytics BVBA -
Stephan Wahlbrink , WalWare


The Eclipse project provides a reference open source IDE for many programming languages and as such received the ACM Software System Award for 2011. The R plug-ins for Eclipse, better known as StatET, have been in development since 2004. Along the years an impressive number of features has been implemented, but the tricks of the trade to improve R programming pleasure and comfort with StatET are still well kept secrets within the R community.


Help participants get the most out of Eclipse and/or Architect for R development through hands-on demos of increasing sophistication. Leave no question unanswered.


In this tutorial we will provide an in-depth introduction to Eclipse and the different Views and Editors that are available to the R programmer. Some of the topics that will be dealt with are


Sound knowledge of R. Participants that already use Architect or are not intimately familiar with Eclipse are advised to install Architect 0.9.2 from the OpenAnalytics website. Participants that already use Eclipse should have the StatET plug-ins for R installed (preferably the latest stable release) and configured an R Console Run Configuration. For the Sweave and knitr parts, a LaTeX distribution (such as MikTeX, MacTeX) is required.

Intended Audience

R users between 7 and 77.

Workshop Materials

The script for the training session and supporting project used for the hands-on practice will be made available during the tutorial.

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