Tue, 13 Dec 2016

anytime 0.1.2: Another bugfix

Another update, now at release 0.1.2, of anytime arrived at CRAN earlier today.

anytime is a very focused package aiming to do just one thing really well: to convert anything in integer, numeric, character, factor, ordered, ... format to either POSIXct or Date objects -- and to do so without requiring a format string.

See the anytime page, or the GitHub README.md for a few examples, or just consider the following illustration:

R> library(anytime)
R> anytime("20161107 202122")   ## all digits
[1] "2016-11-07 20:21:22 CST"
R> utctime("2016Nov07 202122")  ## UTC parse example
[1] "2016-11-07 14:21:22 CST"

Release 0.1.2 addresses a somewhat bizarre Windows-only bug reported at GitHub in #33 and at StackOverflow. Formats of the %Y-%b-%d form, ie 2016-Dec-12 for today would fail on Windows as the contiguous string was apparently getting split by a routine looking for splits on spaces. Really strange.

Anyway, I switched to using more helper functions from the Boost String Algorithms library, and things are behaving now. An extra shoutout once more to Gábor Csárdi and the R Consortium for the most awesome R-Builder. I was able to test and fix on Windows during the weekend with no access to an actual windows environment.

The NEWS file summarises the release:

Changes in anytime version 0.1.2 (2016-12-13)

  • The (internal) string processing and splitting now uses Boost algorithm functions which avoids a (bizarre) bug on Windows.

  • Test coverage was increased.

Courtesy of CRANberries, there is a comparison to the previous release. More information is on the anytime page.

For questions or comments use the issue tracker off the GitHub repo.

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