[R-SIG-Mac] Develop a GUI tcltk or Java

Sebastien Durand sebastien.durand at umontreal.ca
Fri Mar 24 14:31:20 CET 2006

Hi Dan,

Thanks for the comments and warning,

No I am not experienced with Java, so yes will try the Rcmd package.

Finally, I know this could have been a R-GUI list 
question, but on the other hand
since I have a mac and that the x11- tcltk versus 
tcltkaqua issue is a mac issue
I guess I am not completely out.  So what should I do if I which to install
the Iwidgets for tcltk.   Which version of tcltk should I use...



>Hi Sebastien,
>Do you have past experience with Java, particularly Java Swing? If 
>yes, I'd go with Java, if no, I'd go with the R's tcltk package. A  
>somewhat different route you can take is plug what you are doing into 
>John Fox's Rcmdr package 
>Rcmdr), that is based on the tcltk package, or John Verzani's pmg 
>which is based on the GTK2 GUI 
>toolkit with R bindings provided by the RGTK2 package. The plus of 
>going this route is you can take advantage of a number of "helper 
>functions" included in these frameworks which makes creating the 
>GUI's much easier (or so I have found to be the case with Rcmdr).
>A word of warning, you are likely to get a nasty comment or two that 
>the R-GUI list was the appropriate list for this, not R-Mac. In 
>addition, on the R-GUI list, a question like yours can prompt rounds 
>of quasi-religious arguments concerning the superiority of one GUI 
>toolkit over another. I've done a lot of GUI's (many of which are in 
>the Rcmdr package) with the tcltk package, and have been very happy 
>with the results.
>On 23-Mar-06, at 7:03 PM, Sebastien Durand wrote:
>  > Dear all,
>>  I am running R.2.2.1 on a mac 10.4.5
>>  I have build a very large set of R functions that
>>  I which to integrate in a GUI.
>>  The trouble here is that I don't know what to use
>>  and for what I have read Java seems to be
>>  promising and highly flexible,
>>  whereas Java seems to be more common and simple.
>>  I must say that I have never used either of those
>>  language and I might be very wrong in these two
>>  first statements.
>>  Let me first describe what I am planning to do
>>  before I ask you some more questions.
>>  I want to produce a GUI based on tabulations.  On
>>  the first tabulations, file preview will be
>>  shown, plots will be made and many R function
>>  parameters will be accesible to the user.  Then
>>  on the later tabs, more plots will be shown, and
>>  even 3d maps.  I am skipping some details of
>>  course...
>>  So now, here is my questions
>>  Should I use Tcltk, Java or someother language.
>>  Considering that I wish to have fun while I will
>>  be doing this what should I use to make my
>>  journey be more efficient, and pleasant.
>>  Is there any good software that I should use to help me design my 
>>  GUI...
>>  Finally if your are suggesting me tcltk, which
>>  one shall I install tcltkaquaBi or x11 tcltk.
>>  Please note that I would like to work on a GUI
>>  that will not require constant maintaining (due
>>  to updates), even so it might take a while to
>>  construct.
>>  Thanks in advance to all.
>>  Sébastien
>>  --
>>    Sébastien Durand
>>  Maîtrise en biologie
>>  Université de Montréal
>>  (514) 343-6864
>>  Université du Québec à Montréal
>>  (514) 987-3000 (1572#)
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  Sébastien Durand
Maîtrise en biologie
Université de Montréal
(514) 343-6864
Université du Québec à Montréal
(514) 987-3000 (1572#)

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