Going beyond spreadsheets with R and RStudio – #bookreview

Beyond Spreadsheets with R

A beginner’s guide to R and RStudio
Jonathan Carroll
Manning Books

Jonathan Carroll’s Beyond Spreadsheets with R gives R beginners good introductions to both the R statistical computing environment and RStudio, a popular integrated development environment (IDE) for R.

Some newcomers to R and RStudio, however, may wish this book focused right away on how to download and run both packages, instead of spending the first few pages justifying and explaining R and RStudio. After that slow start, however, the author offers well-structured, approachable, and helpful chapters on how to use the packages.

If you already know how to work with R and RStudio but run them infrequently and can’t remember some of the commands or procedures, Beyond Spreadsheets with R can be a useful refresher and reference guide, as well.



  • Si Dunn is a novelist, screenwriter, photojournalist, and book reviewer. His published books include: DARK SIGNALS, a Vietnam War memoir; ERWIN'S LAW, a private-detective novel; and JUMP, a novella about a combat veteran suffering from PTSD and alienation while trying to work for newspapers as a journalist. Several of his feature screenplays recently were under option to movie producers. He spent nearly 15 years working as a technical writer and software tester in the telecommunications industry. His current programming interests include Go, JavaScript, Python, R, Angular, and other languages and frameworks. He is a U.S. Navy veteran and a graduate of the University of North Texas.

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