With VSCode you can configure a keybinding to run artibrary #rstats code, including {rstudioapi} calls in just a matter of seconds. That code can refer to things like the current selection, cursor location, or the current file.

For example here’s me making myself a knit button, where the placeholder $$ refers to the current file:

    "description": "knit to html",
    "key": "ctrl+i",
    "command": "r.runCommandWithEditorPath",
    "when": "editorTextFocus",
    "args": "rmarkdown::render(\"$$\", output_format = rmarkdown::html_document(), output_dir = \".\", clean = TRUE)"

And here’s a shortcut that opens a window to interactively edit the spatial object the user has the cursor on or has selected. In this case $$ refers to that object:

    "key": "e",
    "name": "mapedit object",
    "type": "command",
    "command": "r.runCommandWithSelectionOrWord",
    "args": "mapedit::editMap(mapview::mapview($$))"

Snippets are also easy. There’s about 3 different ways to achieve inserting text, all in the same simple json config style:

    "key": "ctrl+shift+m",
    "command": "type",
    "when": "editorLangId == r || editorLangId == rmd && editorTextFocus",
    "args": { "text": " %>% " }

Although RStudio addins are supported in VSCode, many things popular addins do can be done with a few lines of config. It’s a keyboard shortcut lover’s dream - I’d argue even more so than ESS. RStudio users should campaign for this!