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… says Forbes Magazine. I agree, but what does a magazine do with that assumption? From the blog post:

This post is part of an ambitious project to crowdsource the January issue of Forbes Magazine. It’s based on a suggestion to “Names You Need To Know” by one of our community members (Hat Tip, Kurt Grela). That R is rapidly augmenting or replacing other statistical analysis packages at universities, is being written about in The Register, The New York Times, and Forbes, and is exposing data analysis to millions of Do-It-Yourselfers makes R a Name You Need to Know in 2011.

I recommend to read the whole article. It makes a few interesting points, which are not new, but might give a good overview of what is going on (and where R is heading) for people new to R.

(Via Flowingdata)

I find it useful to have actual paper books at hand when I learn something new, even if it is so computer-related as a new programming language. Even further, I think it is a good approach to read for a while without actually trying examples (although that is extremely important, too) to get an overview.

And that’s exactly what I did this week for a day with Programming With Data – A Guide to the S Language by John M. Chambers. A great book and much of it is, naturally, applicable to R.

I look forward to do the same with Software for Data Analysis: Programming with R (Statistics and Computing) by the same author, soon. I won’t even try to grasp the many available online resources (manuals, the R Journal, not to be underestimated “other documents“, …), but I can point out some resources if anyone is interested. And I intend to add another, quite specific, online document:

I’ve had a great experience when I hat to program with C# during an internship with a document called “C# for Java Developers”. The idea is simple: Java and C# are often similar, but there are a few, distinct points where they differ – the document focuses on that, in they way of a FAQ document. I know Java, I know the basics of programming, so I don’t need long introductions about what loops are and design patterns, but simply the differences between my “main language” and the language I want to learn.

Sadly, I did not find something similar for Java and R. So, join me, if you like, in creating such a list of questions:

And because it somehow fits: Be a good programmer, be a pragmatic programmer.

Software for Data Analysis: Programming with R (Statistics and Computing)