re. "What exactly are you waiting for?"
Well, gosh, something that made interfacing R & UE or UES a bit more straightforward.
I'm pleased to see that since I last checked this thread- ~11 months ago-some nice suggestions from psycop and lascasas have appeared. For me these are positive, but more in the nature of "groping our way" as lascasas noted. psycop's macro makes me hopeful because it shows that a solution is indeed possible! , but it is a little too rough for my abilities & time I believe:
a) his "lines in the macro" includes urls and comments and I'm not clear that I can execute it as is.
b) the strategy requires installing & using SciTE and possibly something called scintilla (and is the AutoIt utility also required? and I believe some additional macro file which is not presented) none of which I'm familiar with. I accept it may be "NOT THAT DIFFICULT" but I don't have time to learn all that new stuff just now. Plus
c) SciTE I believe works on win32 & gtk and actually I returned to check this thread partly because-with the advent of UE for OS X-interfacing UE with R would make my life easier in using R on both win & os x.
For now, I use Tinn-R on windows & the built-in editor on os x--and on either platform if I have any difficult code or something I'm struggling to keep straight it is not that difficult to edit it in UE, save it, and not worry about submitting it interactively to the rgui. Fortunately, e.g., UE and Tinn-R coexist pretty benignly. The available Tinn-R and os x tools are okay, but I'm just more comfortable with the loving embrace of UE.
And if it were necessary I'd gladly upgrade to UES if that did the trick.
What I wonder about for the future, is if something like the "svSocket Package" for R (which is used to help interface Tinn-R to R) could be of use in interfacing UE. Seems so simple: at a minimum we mainly need to send a marked block or an entire file to rgui, right? I've interfaced UE with some other mathematical modeling systems, but I don't get it with rgui. The svSocket pdf documents seem to offer a solution, but I don't understand how to interface a random text editor. As one of the authors of svSocket states: its primary use ... "is the communication engine between the client (a code editor, or IDE program like Komodo Edit) and server (R)." (http://r.789695.n4.nabble.com/Video-dem ... 93671.html
) However I don't see anything in the UE/UES manual about sending text to a socket and this is getting beyond my technical knowledge. It may be that a socket is called by another name or otherwise simple, but I don't see how to do it. The other reason I mention svSocket it that it can be added to R on both windows and os x platforms.
For now, I continue using UE when I really need it. I guess the reasons this isn't on the priority list of more clever folks than I is a) using UE with R is kinda workable as is, and
b) "real R users" use EMACS/ESS
but I sadly just don't have a history of using EMACS
Thanks again to psycop and lascasas & everybody for moving this along a bit.