Re: [R] R GUI question

From: Gabor Csardi <csardi_at_rmki.kfki.hu>
Date: Wed, 19 Mar 2008 21:41:37 +0100

On Wed, Mar 19, 2008 at 12:56:13PM -0700, jeffreya wrote:
>
> Hi.
>
> I'm looking to create a user-friendly program built around some R methods
> I've written. The program should be as easy to install and use as possible
> and will be built around a GUI. This program will be cross-platform; that's
> crucial.
>
> I'm familiar with Java and its GUI packages, I've been looking at the JRI
> package (interfaces R with Java) but I'm a little uneasy about asking my
> users to go through its installation (necessitates mingw, among other
> things, in Windows). Though, once installed, it could work very well.
>
> I have a little exposure to Tcl/TK. Though I'm not as big of a fan of this
> as I am of Java, I could suck it up and use it, but I'm not sure that its
> installation is a whole lot simpler?

Should be. It comes with R. I believe that it is still the only cross-platform solution that requires nothing, but the base R installation.

> What, in your experience, is the easiest way to accomplish something like
> this?
>
> To recapitulate, my criteria are:
> 1.) Easy installation

Tcl/Tk wins here, IMHO.

> 2.) Ease of use (GUI)

Tcl/Tk is not the most modern GUI, so it might be a little clumsy.

> 3.) Interface with functions written in R

That's no problem for any of the R GUI options, i believe.

> 4.) Cross-platform

Tcl/Tk is.

Furthermore, Tcl/Tk is quite poorly documented, even if you can usually use its "normal" (not R) documentation. Sometimes it is hard to find the right way of doing things.

Gabor

> I'm willing to learn a new language (scripting or otherwise) if necessary.
>
> Thanks so much.
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