These questions were presented to the respondents who selected R as one of the languages they had used in the last 12 months. An important factor to keep in mind is that our survey targeted developers, while a lot of R users don’t identify themselves as such. Only 16% of R users listed R among their primary languages, while most R users (64%) identify Python as their primary language. Additionally, about half of the users of R in our research are students.
Many of the respondents did not know the version of R they use. Additionally, R users do not seem to be loyal to a particular older version, tending instead to promptly adopt new versions of R language.
The popularity of the data.table and plotly R packages has decreased. Meanwhile, there has been an increase in the proportion of respondents who do not use any packages regularly.
Less than half of R users use projects in an IDE to organize their code.
Almost all R users execute their code on their local machines.
Half of R users don’t use any debugging tools.
PostgreSQL, MongoDB, and SQLite are the most popular databases among R users, while the share of Redis is relatively small.
The reign of RStudio remains unchallenged.
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