[BioC] R from Perl

Duncan Temple Lang duncan at wald.ucdavis.edu
Wed Dec 14 17:52:44 CET 2005

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Robert just pointed me to the exchange about R and Perl.

There is no technical reason why the RSPerl package can't
run on Windows. It is more that people haven't needed
it there and so there is limited point in implementing and
maintaining that aspect of the code.
If there is sufficient interest (only needs to be small :-))
then we can do that.

Alternatively, one can use a general approach via the
DCOM packages on the omegahat site to allow R to
export DCOM server objects.  This is quite a bit
more general and in keeping with the DCOM model
than making the R interpreter (e.g. eval(command), assign and get)
available or using Statistics-R. They are for R programmers
who are "caught" in another language.
And the DCOM server objects approach has the nice property that it makes
the same facilities available to Python, Visual Basic, etc. with no
extra effort.

The type specification material that Robert's group and I are working
on will also help here.

If there is real interest in getting RSPerl on Windows, let me know.


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