[R] GUI's for teaching
rossini at blindglobe.net
Thu Jun 27 16:13:57 CEST 2002
And we've got most of this in ESS/XEmacs; what isn't listed has been
in the works (in some cases, for years :-(, see below).
This includes Mark's comment about extensible pull down menus defined
by R (tools were written in 1997 for doing that with ESS, it just
hasn't been high enough in the priority list).
>>>>> "mark" == Mark Myatt <mark at myatt.demon.co.uk> writes:
mark> I just thought that I would add my tuppence on this ... what I would
mark> really like for R is not a GUI in the sense of a point and click data
mark> analysis system (R is too rich for anything like that too scratch the
mark> surface) or interactive graphics (I like to script them) but a full
mark> featured IDE with:
mark> 1. A syntax highlighting editor
mark> 2. Code completion features such as automatic insertion of
mark> function templates.
mark> 3. An ability to submit a file of R commands and capture the
mark> output in an output window.
mark> 4. Capturing of errors in code integrated with editor. Some from
mark> of debugging / error tracking / stack tracing would be nice.
mark> 5. An object inspector showing the objects available in the
mark> working environment ... it would be nice (e.g.) to be able to
mark> click on a data.frame reference and see column names, classes,
mark> &c. And to be able to paste these into the editor.
mark> 6. Basic project management functions.
mark> 7. Help system and language guide integrated.
mark> I suppose my view is that R is a language based product and that if any
mark> effort is to go into the user-interface then it should support the
mark> I suppose if the IDE were extensible then it would be possible to add
mark> user defined menus that could call R functions that used the tcltk
mark> library for front-ends.
mark> Just my tuppence.
mark> Mark Myatt
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