This book is intended to guide people that are completely new to programming along a path towards a useful skill level using R. I belive that while people can get by with just copying code chunks, that doesn’t give them the background information to modify the code in non-trivial ways. Therefore we will spend more time on foundational details than a “crash-course” would.

There is a manuel that shows how to use R that avoids many of the additional packages that I will use.

Garrett Grolemund and Hadley Wickham have a book, R for Data Science that is very good and lays out the foundational ideas behind Hadley’s tidyverse.