[Fwd: LispStat, R and ViSta [was: Re: Status?]]

Jan de Leeuw deleeuw@stat.ucla.edu
Mon, 19 Aug 2002 09:02:01 -0700

I have compiled Darwin R using the AquaTk frameworks. This works
(except for a small glitch). I am sure Stefano could hook these into
Carbon R, but Jose/Stefano probably should connect them with
the Cocoa interfaces. You can get the frameworks (8.4a5, I
think) from ftp://ftp.ucsd.edu/pub/alpha/tcl/alphatk/ -- they are
in the alphatk.dmg. Of course the X11 version of tcltk does NOT
work with Carbon R.

On Monday, August 19, 2002, at 01:21 AM, Martin Maechler wrote:

> Dear Jan
>>>>>> "Jan" == Jan de Leeuw <deleeuw@stat.ucla.edu>
>>>>>>     on Sun, 18 Aug 2002 21:09:22 -0700 writes:
>       ....
>     Jan>  ....... In fact, the tcltk interface
>     Jan> (which now exists natively on MSW, X11, and Aqua)
> Can you explain ? {maybe on R-devel}
> I'm not a Mac expert at all, not even a regular user.  But I've
> talked with Stefano Iacus two days ago and he said that R's
> tcltk package was not working with "Carbon R".
> Do you think this would be fixable easily enough?
> We {most of R core} would be very glad to be able to say
> "tcltk runs on all platforms that R runs" and hance can be
> easily made available on all platforms.
>     Jan> already has some mouse interaction -- see
>     Jan> demo(tkcanvas), and quite a bit can be done by using
>     Jan> nonstandard packages such as RGtk (on MSW and X11).
>     Jan> I really hated to give up Lisp (and many lines of
>     Jan> existing code), and I agree that extensions such as
>     Jan> Vista and Arc are major arguments in favor of XLS, but
>     Jan> it seems that XLS is best as an environment to develop
>     Jan> GUI statistics tools (hiding the lisp) and not as an
>     Jan> environment to actually do statistics. Vista and Arc
>     Jan> are great for teaching, but raw XLS is not.  In that
>     Jan> sense XLS is more like a specialized version of one of
>     Jan> the scripting languages such as Ruby or Python or VB or
>     Jan> Tcl/Tk.
>     Jan> So basically, it would be great if the capability to
>     Jan> write GUI statistics packages on top of raw R would be
>     Jan> part of R -- this includes dynamic graphics, but it
>     Jan> also includes a library of widgets. My feeling is that
>     Jan> the current possibilities (tcltk and RGtk) are too far
>     Jan> removed from the core of R.
> You are right.  Fortunately things are changing.
> Also, as far as I understand Duncan Temple Lang, Rggobi
> (partly together with RGtk) makes up for a very nice
> programmably interface for dynamic graphics.
> Regards
> --  
> Martin Maechler  
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