Re: [R] GUI developement / Matlab

From: Michael Lawrence <mflawren_at_fhcrc.org>
Date: Fri, 29 Feb 2008 21:18:19 -0600

On Fri, Feb 29, 2008 at 6:45 AM, Antje <niederlein-rstat_at_yahoo.de> wrote:

> Hi there,
>
> I was wondering whether there are flexible packages available with which
> you
> can create user interfaces? (I've read about "gWidgets"!?)

gWidgets provides an easy to use API for developing GUIs in R. It's an abstraction over several actual toolkit bindings (tcl/tk, RGtk2, and rJava/Swing). The best supported implementation is based on RGtk2. Depending on the level of control and features you require, you might have to resort to direct use of RGtk2, which is a complete low-level binding to the GTK+ toolkit.

>
> For example in Matlab you can even create stand alone applications. Is it
> also
> possible for R in the same extend? Of course it should be platform
> independent
> if possible...
>

tcl/tk, GTK+, and Swing are all cross-platform toolkits used for developing stand-alone applications. Developing your GUI in gWidgets will allow the user to choose among those three. But for a true stand-alone application (without running R directly) you'll probably want to develop the application and its GUI in another language and then delegate to the R library for certain tasks.

>
> And then I would like to know from people who know R as well as Matlab.
> What
> would you see as advantages and disadvantages comparing both systems (from
> your
> personal needs). I've learned a little bit of R and I like the concept but
> I
> don't know much about Matlab. (I hope this question is not too off topic?)
>
> Thank you!
> Antje
>
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