[R] Some questions about R-(D)COM

Thomas Baier baier at ci.tuwien.ac.at
Tue Jul 3 14:37:23 CEST 2001

> >  I am writting to you because I have some questions about R-(D)COM. The
> > first one is whether it can compiled using the MINGW C compiler, that
> > is recomended by B. Ripley to compile R under Windows.
> Um. rproxy.dll, the R side, *is* compiled under mingw.  It's not clear to
> me why one would want to compile the StatConnector under mingw, but Thomas
> said he thought it may be possible.  One issue is the quality of
> mingw headers.  As Thomas (and I) have VC++6.0, it has not been an issue.
Brian is right. It is possible to compile the rproxy.dll (you even must do so)
using the same compiler as R itself. The COM server requires VC++ 6.0

> > - Do you know about a free Visual Basic compiler?
> No. There are learning editions free with various books, but they
> have limited compilation facilities.  The Learning Edition sold here
> is definitely able to work with R-(D)COM, as my wife uses that one.
The learning editions should do fine. Another alternative would be to use
VBScript instead, which ships (I think so) with IE4.0 and newer Windows versions.

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