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Renjin Eclipse Example

This is an example of using Renjin in an Eclipse dynamic web project, without using a build tools such as Maven, Gradle or even Ant.

Please note this is not recommended. As soon as you begin using non-trivial R packages, it will become increasingly difficult to manage dependencies (and the dependencies of those dependencies) through a point-and-click interface.

Project Set up

Download Apache Tomcat

Download and unpack Apache Tomcat 7.0 from the Tomcat Website into separate directory on your local machine, for example, in /home/alex/tomcat-7.0

Create an new project

This example project was created in Eclipse Mars by choosing new "Dynamic Web Project" from the file menu.

Near the "Target Runtime" field, choose "New Runtime", then Apache 7.0, and then provide the path to the directory where you unpacked Tomcat above.

Download and copy Renjin dependencies

Without a dependency management tool, the easiest way to add Renjin to your project is to download the standalone .jar from the Renjin website.

Copy this jar into the WebContent/WEB-INF/lib folder.

For this example, we're also including the rjson package. You can download pre-built CRAN and bioconductor packages from the BeDataDriven Nexus Repository, but you'll also have to check the pom.xml file for additional dependencies. rjson, for example, depends on the Google GSON library, which also needs to be copied into WebContent/WEB-INF/lib

Handling Requests with Renjin

A Java Servlet container is multi-threaded: multiple incoming requests can be handled at the same time, but by separate threads. To ensure that requests are handled correctly, you can use a global ThreadLocal instance to ensure that each thread has its own RenjinScriptEngine instance for handling requests.

See RenjinServlet for a super-simple example of evaluating an R expression, serializing the result to JSON, and sending the JSON to the client.

Querying http://localhost:8080/dynamic-web-example/RenjinServlet?sd=10 then returns: