[ESS] need help locating an old thread

A.J. Rossini blindglobe at gmail.com
Thu Feb 10 17:19:41 CET 2011

On Thu, Feb 10, 2011 at 4:06 PM, Rodney Sparapani <rsparapa at mcw.edu> wrote:
> On 02/10/11 03:45 AM, A.J. Rossini wrote:
>>> 3) if 1 and 2 are not enough, then I would add:  who amongst us knows
>>> SLIME?
>> Me.  Using it on a weekly basis (a bit more than ESS, actually).
>> The advantage of the streams is related to making it simpler to
>> implement one of my pet wishes -- the ability to voice-over and
>> evaluate the use of audio as a multimedia feedback to the data
>> analyst, and evaluate communication styles which increase the
>> efficiency of both knowledge extraction and communication.
>> And it could ("tony dreaming again") increase the potential for
>> smoother asynchronous communication.  i.e. when I type/submit too fast
>> compared to the computations that are running, to queue them up.
>> best,
>> -tony
> I'm still trying to imagine how it helps.  If R was written in Lisp,
> then I can see that SLIME is exactly the right thing to do (maybe XLispStat
> missed an opportunity here).

I'll take a stab at explaining it better -- basically, the client/R
side ("swankR") could do something like expand the output of



the object to be returned

audio to be routed via emacspeak to the speaker (voice or appropriate music)

visuals to be inserted into appropriate buffers

summaries to be split into a different buffer

or some other cleanly parseable protocol, and know that the protocol
is "proper".    This also helps with automagic debugging (parsing R
exceptions and errors into appropriate places, where they can be
computed on and Emacs probes R and the source for more info, etc).

Basically, it makes computations and automagic responses easier to setup.

But probably I've been opaque again.


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