[R] Code completion

Prof Brian D Ripley ripley at stats.ox.ac.uk
Sat Feb 17 15:33:12 CET 2001

Tony: whatever did you do to make the Reply-to the Cc: list and not you?

On 17 Feb 2001, A.J. Rossini wrote:

> >>>>> "YG" == Yves Gauvreau <cyg at sympatico.ca> writes:
>     YG> [snip]
>     >> There will be no further Windows-specific development of R
>     >> unless the user community contributes it.  Remember R is a
>     >> volunteer project, and (a) none of the core developers use
>     >> Windows for their own work and (b) we do use R regularly.
>     YG> [snip]
>     YG> Would you be so kind as to explain a bit further the meaning
>     YG> of the first phrase? Especially in terms of what are the
>     YG> implications for the future of R on the Windows platform.
> I'm sure it just means that there won't be many changes that are
> specific to only the windows platform.  (windows help files, and
> similar, come to mind).

That's what it means, yes.  Windows-specific things (the help mechanisms,
the graphics device, the console, ...) are thought to be adequate for the
orginal intention, of having a version of R on Windows that works as
similarly as possible to that on Unix.  There are lots of Windows
mechanisms we don't have (drag-and-drop, DDE, OLE, reading Excel files,
...) and if Windows users want them, they are welcome to contribute them.

I intend to spend far less time on the Windows port of R in future.
If R developments can be ported easily to Windows, they will be.  On the
other hand, it has been discouraging to find that things that work
correctly on my NT4 box do not do so on Win2K, or some Win98 boxes, ...,
so `easily' is hard to gauge.

Brian D. Ripley,                  ripley at stats.ox.ac.uk
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