[R] [R-pkgs] Announcing Rpad, a web-based workbook-style interface for R

Short, Tom TShort at epri-peac.com
Fri Sep 17 21:06:21 CEST 2004

Rpad is an interactive, web-based analysis system. Rpad pages are
interactive workbook-type sheets based on R. Rpad is an analysis package, a
web-page designer, and a gui designer all wrapped in one. Rpad pages are 
run from the browser and connect to R running on the server (the same 
server that hosts the web pages).

Rpad includes the R package "RpadUtils", which adds convenient code to
generate HTML widgets and convenience functions for generating web graphics

For more information and demonstrations, please see:


Key features include:

(*) WYSIWYG editing -- The browser page is editable, so you can add 
comments or change the code or input data.

(*) GUI's -- Create GUI elements with R or with the Rpad interface.

(*) Fast -- No browser refreshes. The R process on the server stays alive 
while the browser page is open, so once the page is up and running, it is 
quite responsive.

(*) HTML output -- Create fancy HTML output using Eric Lecoutre's R2HTML.

(*) Simple plotting -- Has convenience functions to simplify creation and
presentation of web-friendly graphics.

(*) Flexible -- You can add features in a number of ways with javascript
and/or R.

(*) Cross platform -- Rpad pages work in Internet Explorer v5.5 or greater
and Mozilla (Firefox or Suite). The server-side code works in Apache in
Linux or Windows (although not as well in Windows).

(*) Open source -- Rpad brings together several powerful open-source
technologies, specifically: R, Mozile, HTMLArea, Statistics-R-0.02,
JSCookMenu, Apache, and R2HTML.

Feel free to use the r-sig-gui mailing list
(https://stat.ethz.ch/mailman/listinfo/r-sig-gui) for any feedback on Rpad, 
the demonstration pages, and especially for feedback and questions on
installing your own Rpad server.

- Tom

Tom Short
EPRI PEAC, www.epri-peac.com

T. A. Short, Electric Power Distribution Handbook, CRC Press, 2004.

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