R# language is a kind of R liked language implements on .NET environment for GCModeller scripting.

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Using .NET Library

The R# language is original writen in VB.NET language, and it have the ability of using .NET library natively.

1. Add .NET Assembly Reference

You can dynamics add the .NET assembly reference by using the imports operator

# imports a dll file means dynamics load the this .NET assembly 
# into the R# library manager
# But the assembly will not registered into the library
imports "Microsoft.VisualBasic.Data.visualize.Network.Visualizer.dll";

You can using a string variable for dynamics load library

# Example that dll file a.dll and b.dll both contains an API function 
# in the same namespace location:
# a.dll!namespace::func1
# b.dll!namespace::func1
# so that, you can

let [a.dll, b.dll] as string <- ["a.dll", "b.dll"];

`%||%` <- function(ver1, ver2) if (opt["version"] == "a") ver1 else ver2;
let library.dll as string <- a.ll %||% b.dll;

# Dynamics load library based on the configuration
# without change your R# script code.
imports library.dll;

For imports selected component, you can using selector. If the library.dll contains namespace1 and namespace2, then you can just imports the components from namesapce1 by using:

# imports one namespace
imports "namespace1" from library.dll;

# imports multiple namespace
imports ["namespace1", "namespace2"] from library.dll

By default R# is imports all of the components from the library.dll, So that the statement imports library.dll is equals to:

# imports all components from dll library
imports "*" from library.dll;

Probably sometimes, the .NET namespace that too long for write in your R# script, so that you can using imports...as for the root namespace alias:

let a.dll as string <- "./a.dll";
let b.dll as string <- "./b.dll";

imports * as nlp from a.ll else b.dll when opt["version"] == "b";

let tokens as string <- nlp::tokenlizer(input.txt);

and then you can using the .NET API by using library API imports directly:


# pipeline for R# language read a network graph model and 
# then visualize as png image


  1. If the .NET object that load by library function, is a namespace, that means just only imports .NET types in that namespace. So that if you want to using the API in a type, then you can using :: delimiter for the shared method. Object instance method is not avaliable for access directly!
  2. If the .NET object that load by library function, is a .NET type, then all of the shared method in the target will be imports as R function, so that you can directly using the function in R. Object instance method is not avaliable for access directly!
  3. For using the instance method in a .NET type, you should access it by an object instance.

2. Construct .NET object instance

Construct a .NET object instance almost keeps the same as the VB.NET it does:

let x as new type(args) with {
   $property1 = ...;
   $property2 = ...;
Dim x As New type(args) With {
    .property1 = ...,
	.property2 = ...

But they are have slightly different:

  1. In VB.NET you can reference the type by namespace path, like namespace1.namespace2.type, but the R# can not. so that which it means R# should imports the namespace at first by using library function, and then you are able to using target type.
  2. The .NET type in R# by library imports is not a package, so that it will not be registered into the R# library. If you want to using the .NET type in next time, you should imports the dll again. but the R# package will not as it have registered in the package manager, so that will not required install again.

2.1. Difference between the .NET type and R# list

2.1.1. Construct using difference words

# For creates a R# list, using list() function
# In fact, all of the list type in R# language is the Dictionary(Of String, Object) collection type.
# The R# list property is the Key in the dictionary.
let x = list(a =1, b=2, c=3) {
    $property <- "dddddd";

# For creates a .NET object, using new keyword
let x as new NamedValue[string]() with {
    $name <- "888888";
    $value <- "abcd";

2.1.2. Dynamics binding operator

Only R# list can bind operator dynamics, this operator binding is not allowed on the .NET object, we just imports the .NET object its operators

let x <- list(name = "123") with {
    %&% <- function($, last.name as string) {
        $name <- $name & last.name

3. Using methods in R#

3.1. Using instant method

Using the .NET object its instant method in R# language is invoke by $ operator:

# All of the .NET object should be convert to vbObject 
# via as.object method at first
# then you can invoke the method in .NET runtime
let display as string <- (98.76 :> as.object)$ToString("F4");

3.2. Using shared method

Using the .NET object its shared method or the method in a vb.net API module is invoke by :: operator:

IO::SaveTo(list, "D:/test.csv");

3.3. Using extension method

All of the imported .NET shared method and R# method, and if it has at least one parameter, then it can be using in pipeline mode:

["abc", "123"] :> SaveTo("D:/test.txt");

# something like in VB.NET
# Call {"abc", "123"}.SaveTo("D:/test.txt")