Although you can get started with R in SQL Server without understanding data frames, they are a key structure of the R language that are the equivalent of SQL Server table variables. They give you many ways of manipulating and analyzing data and passing it between R and SQL Server. For a database professional, they provide a clear and familiar concept when getting to grips with integrating R into the database.
It is possible to do a great deal with R within SQL Server, but it is best to start by doing analysis in R on numeric data from SQL Server and returning the results to SQL Server. There is great value to be gained even with this basic foundation. Robert Sheldon is on hand to give you a kick start with the first in his series on beginning with R in SQL Server.
Describes how to view R plots in SSMS and gives a brief introduction to R plotting
SQL Server 2016 brings native support for doing advanced analytics, using R Services, in the database itself. Arshad Ali takes a look at a detailed conceptual execution flow, executing R scripts from SQL Server Management Studio and other R client tools.
Using R integration for analyzing sales data in WideWorldImporters database
SQL Server 2016 brings native support to advanced analytics in the database itself, using R Services. In this article, Arshad Ali explains what R is, what the on-premise advanced analytics options from Microsoft are, and shows how to get started using R Services with SQL Server 2016.