[Rd] R graphics device for flash apps

From: Jeffrey Horner <jeff.horner_at_vanderbilt.edu>
Date: Fri, 06 Jul 2007 22:48:54 -0500


I just read your blog (statcomp.blogspot.com, linked from your other post) and rand across your idea of an R/Flash graphics device. I've also been giving this some thought because of this amazing interactive flash app:


and others from http://www.gapminder.org/.

I would love more than anything to work on this. The only hitch is that I'm so booked up with work (not to mention a new RApache release soon) that I don't have the time. And believe me, getting even minimal functionality to work, like 2D images with pop-ups labels and such... would be a tremendous development effort. Not to mention trying to keep up with an implementation for different OS's and flash player versions.

So I have questions for the R development community:

  1. Are there others interested in this? Is anyone working on an implementation? If not, is it too niche to even consider doing?
  2. Could a project like this obtain funding, any kind, not just academic?
  3. How does the community feel about a closed-source version? There are other closed-source packages available for R (the only one I know of is xlsReadWrite), so it seems to be a reasonable question.

Comments, criticisms, flames... are all welcome. Email me off-list if you'd like.



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