Writing RStudio addins is easy, is fun, and takes just a few minutes! Well, that’s what Hao Zhu from the Marcus Institute for Aging Research told the RStudio Conference recently. It hadn’t even occurred to me to try to write one, even though I use them pretty often. So I decided to try writing one to see if he was right.

My first question: What might I accomplish with an addin? According to RStudio’s Jonathan McPherson, an addin can help you write code, format code, integrate with external data, kick off scripts … basically, pretty much anything that regular R code can do.

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