[Rd] Bridging R to OpenOffice
hin-tak.leung at cimr.cam.ac.uk
Wed Mar 28 11:57:11 CEST 2007
Hmm, if all you are interested is reading/writing Excel spreadsheets
from R, there are much lighter and easier ways of doing it, than
hooking up with openoffice. The Perl people have had
Spreadsheet::ParseExcel and Spreadsheet::WriteExcel for years (and
they work quite well, personal experience). Those are tiny
(a couple of Mb's?) compared to the size of openoffice.
Leonard Mada wrote:
> Dear members of the R Development Team,
> I am looking for people with a deep understanding of R internals to
> assist in bridging R to OpenOffice.
> While R is a state of the art statistical environment, less experienced
> users often find it difficult to work with R. Therefore, I believe that
> a bridge between R and a spreadsheet program will make this transition
> less painful. I sincerely believe that this will benefit both the R
> community as well as the potential new users.
> OpenOffice is an open-source office suite that includes a spreadsheet
> program (Calc).
> OpenOffice.org (OOo) is participating in the Google Summer of Code 2007
> initiative sponsored by Google and one of the proposed projects involves
> the creation of an add-on component that allows an OOo Calc user to let
> the R environment do calculations on data from Calc cells and put the
> results into the spreadsheet again. A brief description can be found on
> the OOo Summer of Code wiki page
> Two students have already shown interest in this project (see the OOo
> mailing list,
> the "Summer of Code: R and Calc" thread).
> While mentoring is already available from a member of the OpenOffice
> team (I will try to offer a helping hand on statistics and R-syntax, but
> NOT the coding part itself), I feel that we still need someone with
> R-core expertise. I am aware of various existing packages (rcom, RDCOM)
> and the availability of various online-informations (like
> http://developer.r-project.org/embedded.html), however more specific
> questions may arise in the future, especially as this embedding should
> be platform-independent, and I would welcome any help from the R-core
> team members.
> I am looking forward to hear from you and hope that this project will be
> a great success. I would like to thank you in advance for your effort.
> Leonard Mada
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