Join the R Revolution! R is an open source software for statistics, programming and IMHO, the best there is for most sciences.
Why use R? R is always available and updated free of charge. Many commercial software are great but licenses and/or regular upgrades are quite expensive. More importantly, files from commercial software will be lost if one fails to purchase a license or if the company shuts down. The popularity of R in research is growing exponentially! You can see this trend in an article by Robert A. Muenchen [Link]
One of many good websites to learn R: Quick-R
WORKSHOP @ UBC Okanagan
The workshop “First steps using R and RStudio” will be given during the UBC R User meeting of Sept. 25th, 2012 from 4-5pm (in EME 1153).