At OSCON today, John De Goes presented briefly a comparison between Quirrel & R.
Quirrel is a query language for unstructured data. It uses an enhanced version of JSON, and will work well with MongoDB (binary JSON) databases. Currently, a demo is available at
They expect to open-source it in the next month or so. It will build / run "out of the box" on Linux / Mac computers.
Some side-by-side code comparisons appear in the slides on SlideDeck.
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