[R] Dialog boxes
Prof Brian D Ripley
ripley at stats.ox.ac.uk
Fri Mar 31 08:46:05 CEST 2000
On Thu, 30 Mar 2000, Morris, Jeffrey [OCDUS] wrote:
> I have been wanting to ask about a future feature but was
> reluctant to start a feature request fest...but since someone
> else asked...First a belated congrats to everyone on the
> development team. I've been following this since the beginning
> when it was suppose to fill a gap in available Mac software.
> But back to features. One of the things I would really like to
> see and limits my spreading R internally in my company, is
> the ability to create menus and dialog boxes. It is very simple
> to do this in XLisp-Stat with a few commands, and I used to create
> applications all the time for people who were doing routine analyses.
> I would like to know if it would be a big programming effort to have this
> feature in R. If I knew anything about programming I'd offer to
> help, but I don't so can only vote and hope.
I am not at all sure what you mean. On Windows R does have a pretty general
scheme for adding menus, and a simple scheme for dialog boxes.
So, do you want this on Unix, or what more do you want on Windows? My
earlier reply that you quoted explicitly said that a fully programmable
GUI-builder kit a la S-PLUS 2000 took man-years of effort. I also am not
at all sure that is the best way to build a user-friendly front-end, as
using Visual Basic and (D)COM is much more flexible (and uses a language
lots of application programmers know). We have taken some pains to make R
for Windows easy to embed in other applications.
You are in a company, and I fail to understand why if you want the features
that S-PLUS offers (the `PLUS' in short) you do not consider it. So maybe
I am missing the point.
[ earlier reply from me deleted ]
Brian D. Ripley, ripley at stats.ox.ac.uk
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