[R-SIG-Mac] Applescript plans

stefano iacus jago at mclink.it
Mon Feb 11 18:21:00 CET 2008

Apologizes Rob, I forgot about GUI 2.0. Surely the best place where to  
implement it.

On 11/feb/08, at 17:45, Rob Goedman wrote:

> Hi,
> On Feb 11, 2008, at 6:07 AM, Simon Urbanek wrote:
>> On Feb 10, 2008, at 2:26 PM, Erich Neuwirth wrote:
>>> Are there any plans to extend the Applescript facilities in R?
>> Yes, we plan a new AS interface for the GUI 2.0. Right now we are in
>> the process of collecting ideas as of what could be useful, so it's
>> the perfect time to ask :).
> In private emails between Simon and myself I suggested to include the
> capability to send 'invisible commands' to R.app, e.g. to show
> function arguments in the R console.
> A further improvement would allow access to 'GUI' functionality if
> that is not available through a simple 'cmd'.
>>> If one  could transfer R matrices  as nested lists to and from
>>> Applescript, I  could build another version of RExcel on Macs.
>> What would you need exactly? It is not quite clear to me how to
>> transport matrices - do you mean in textual or binary form? I'm not
>> sure how much support we have on the AS side for such kind of a
>> thing ... Please feel free to outline any ideas you have concerning
>> the interface ...
> The return path is more complicated. AS has limitations, the length of
> a single line comes to mind, I have been thinking more about using a
> file (e.g. R-script/coda-like and/or tab/csv based) based approach.
> Byron also suggested some ideas on his blog ( http://statcomp.blogspot.com/
> ), also in relation to Numbers.
> Nevertheless, a 'single line' return from R.app to an AS-ed
> application, as a string, might also be useful in some cases, e.g.
> package load/updates or R CMD build results.
> On Feb 11, 2008, at 12:49 AM, stefano iacus wrote:
> ...
>> No one has yet proposed himself to take over on that.
>> stefano
> I committed to work on this once Simon's initial approach for the GUI
> 2.0 is in place.
> Rob
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