[Rd] Re: [R-SIG-Mac] R as OS X Framework
Simon.Urbanek at math.uni-augsburg.de
Sun Nov 30 21:49:17 MET 2003
On Nov 29, 2003, at 7:32 PM, Jan de Leeuw wrote:
> This is a major step in the right direction. I know that Duncan has at
> the beginning of an R bridge to the Cocoa toolkits, which would be the
Does he? I was toying with a Cocoa package for R (Cocoa windows/widgets
in R; quite interesting how to tell R package installation system to
handle Obj-C sources ...). I thought about using parts of Rserve to put
together something like JRclient but for Obj-C, plus a class that would
encapsulate R services like the parser and the evaluator. Duncan could
probably use his OH stuff for that - it might work. I'd be interested
to lear more about his progress.
> second major step. It will make it possible to write stand-alone R
> applications with a Cocoa GUI, of which R.app will just be a major
> but of which Rglm.app or Rcluster.app could be other examples (with
> problem specific menus and graphics). And these could all be developed
> nicely by having a Xcode plugin for R.
Definitely - I was thinking along these lines - with proper Obj-C
classes encapsulating R functionality now exposed by R.framework an
application could be "written" (though it's not the proper word any
more ;)) with the Cocoa controller layer just by using drag&drop. That
would be awesome...
> These steps emphasize the strengths
> of OS X (as the quartz device already does) and do not just give
> boring shell around the command line interpreter. Getting away from
> in this way is important, and you don't have to learn Objective C to
> program in Cocoa.
I guess that Quartz in Carbon is ok for now, because it actually
doesn't use almost anything from Carbon except for the window creation
routines ;). Everything else (especially widgets & co) could be Cocoa.
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