Tue, 15 Mar 2016

Rblpapi 0.3.3

A new release of Rblpapi is now on CRAN. It provides a direct interface between R and the Bloomberg Terminal via the C++ API provided by Bloomberg Labs (but note that a valid Bloomberg license and installation is required).

This marks the fourth release since the package first appeared on CRAN last year. Thanks to multiple contributors, it packs a number of changes (including two new functions bsrch() and fieldInfo()), numerous internal as well as build improvements, additional documentation and last but not least use of unit testing (provided a Bloomberg connection is available, ie not at CRAN or on Travis CI). See the NEWS.Rd extract for more details:

Changes in Rblpapi version 0.3.3 (2016-03-14)

  • configure adds a missing method="libcurl" options (PR #109 by Martin Bel).

  • New function bsrch() adds basic search functionality (PR #111 by Morgan Williams fixing ticket #82).

  • The licensing status of the Rblpapi source package was clarified (PR #119).

  • The bds() help page now shows an example using an overrides argument (PR #121).

  • A new function fieldInfo was added, and field information is used in bdh and bdp (PRs #122, #123, #125, and #127).

  • The bdp function now checks the order (PR #126).

  • Unit testing was added (PRs #129 and #131).

  • Data retrieval is now smarter about the types returned from Bloomberg (PR #132 and #133; and #141 and #142).

  • The bdh and bds functions now support an option verbose (PRs #138).

Courtesy of CRANberries, there is also a diffstat report for the this release. As always, more detailed information is on the Rblpapi page. Questions, comments etc should go to the issue tickets system at the GitHub repo.

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