[R] Re: R-1.1.0 is released : GUI

Mathieu Ros (Castor) mathieu.ros at bigfoot.com
Thu Jun 15 14:17:17 CEST 2000

En réponse à Peter Dalgaard BSA <p.dalgaard at biostat.ku.dk>:

hello all,

> I've rolled up R-1.1.0.tgz a moment ago. 
> ... 
>     o	New package tcltk, providing interface and language bindings for
> 	the Tcl/Tk graphical interface toolkit. This makes it possible
> 	to do some rather nifty things with buttons and entry fields
> 	and so forth in very few lines of code.  It is still somewhat
> 	experimental so don't go churning out thousands of lines of
> 	GUI code and then blame us for changing the API later on. It does
> 	not currently work with GNOME because of event loop differences.
> 	See demo(tkttest) and demo(tkdensity). 

woooh, this is great !
I know it must have been discussed before but I'd like to know why not to use 
java (awt,swing...?) instead of tcl/tk. It would be a better solution for the 
portability (the same GUI for MS-Win & linux/unix), even if java is not open 
source (?) (ok, I just understood, sorry for this mail ;)
Thanks to all who must have worked hard on this topic, I'm also one of those 
who think that R needs a minimum of GUI (and not only for MS-windows).

Mathieu Ros
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