Microsoft's Entry into "R" Universe

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Currently the Microsoft R family currently includes 5 products:

1 - Microsoft R Server

     ... R intrepreter

     ... Installation option from SQL2016 CD 

     ... as R Services in SQL Server 2016

     ... from DEV perspective same as CRAN R

2 - Microsoft R Client 

     ... R interpreter

     ... from DEV perspective same as R Server

     ... from DEV perspective same as CRAN R

3 - Microsoft R Open 

     ... R interpreter

     ... the enhanced distribution of R from Microsoft

      ... from DEV perspective same as R Server
     ... from DEV perspective same as CRAN R

4 - SQL Server R Services 

     ... (In Database) - SQL Server Launchpad (MSSQLSERVER) service

     ... is this different / exclusive from Microsoft R Server?

     ...  I think this is what actually allows integration of T-SQL with R

5 - R Tools for Visual Studio

     ... plugin for SSDT

     ... very nice thus far, I think I'll be doing all R scripting using this product

 

I've installed all 5 products and discovered that there was really no need to do that ... of course I did not understand that concept at first ... so now I have 3 R interpreters from Microsoft

 

R-Client = C:\Program Files\Microsoft\R Client\R_SERVER
R-Server = C:\Program Files\Microsoft SQL Server\130\R_SERVER
R-Open = C:\Program Files\Microsoft\MRO-3.3.1

 

Posting this in hopes that it helps others avoid the same mistake

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