Should I be using R for vector graphics instead of LaTeX and TikZ?
I've been teaching myself LaTeX and TikZ for a while in order to make math worksheet PDFs for students.
Programmable vector graphics are absolutely crucial to the whole crux of my pedagogy.
Aside from the past 18 months of TikZ and LaTeX, I have zero-ish experience in coding... but I can't say that I love either TikZ or LaTeX. Overall, I'm somewhat discouraged at, among other things, how hard it is to grok:
- changing fonts
- making my tables look right
- remembering all the syntax and making sense of it
- manuals and documentation that everyone recommends
- simple calculations
Earlier today, though, I was told that doing calculations and graphics in R and then importing them into LaTeX for typesetting might be a whole ton easier.
Does anyone know if that's true? Or does it depend greatly on the kind of graphics I'm trying to make?