[R] Brace highlighting in R for the PC?

Prof Brian D Ripley ripley at stats.ox.ac.uk
Sun Sep 26 18:56:13 CEST 1999

On Sun, 26 Sep 1999, Peter Malewski wrote:

> Dear Rhelp-List, Prof. B. Ripley,
> Prof Brian D Ripley wrote:
> > suggests that this ought not to be high on the primary developers' list of
> > priorities.
> >
> On my "privat-wish list" stands functions like "nlme", "polr" at the top...

I am sure Doug Bates is aware of the many requests for nlme. For both that
(I believe) and polr we need better (ability to use gradients) optimizers,
and I am working on that too.

> But: Last week I copied a psychology-student the Windows Port of R: Without any
> programming experience he stopped after the demo() experience and returned to
> SPSS...
> When I remember my first statistical package "SPSS" and the way I learned the
> syntax, I would suggest a primitve editor for a R-GUI (R-Gnome, Rgui). In SPSS you
> can do much by the Gui: Clicking on "ok" the command is executed, clicking
> "command" the command is written in the editor.  This sekond possibility gave me a
> easy starting point for the syntax (I think Splus hasn't got this opportunity) .
> For a GUI - Interface for R I would recommend this as a primary goal---and for
> educational purposes *not* the ability to directly execute R-Commands with the
> GUI! Additionally this might be easier to realize in Software???
> Just a suggestion...

Thank you: we _will_ consider it.

> ps.: Are there plans for functions like  "add.menu.item" etc?

Yes, there are indeed plans. Guido Masarotto has been in hospital and
is not yet fully on-stream, so a lot of this has been delayed. I spent time
on the ts library, because for me that was a big gap.


Brian D. Ripley,                  ripley at stats.ox.ac.uk
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