[R] Re: GUI's for teaching

A.J. Rossini rossini at blindglobe.net
Tue Jun 25 19:07:17 CEST 2002

>>>>> "tony" == Tony Plate <tplate at blackmesacapital.com> writes:

    tony> Maybe something of wider value than a GUI (for teaching and other
    tony> purposes) could be an interface like that in Mathematica (and Maple?),
    tony> which supports mathematical notation and plots in a command window.
    tony> This allows showing students exactly what they need to do to
    tony> accomplish some task, and well as the all the output they should see.

Suprisingly enough, 80% of what is needed to make this work does exist
(and a bit more work would finish it off).  However, it doesn't exist
using the particular tools many of those would want to see (there is a
bit more work to do to make ESS + SWeave + Noweb + XEmacs do precisely
this, but it suffers from the same problems mentioned for the GUI
(lack of time, comparatively "amateur" (others' words/opinions, not
necessarily mine) interface compared to say a half-decent MS Windows


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