Sat, 03 Nov 2018

RProtoBuf 0.4.13 (and 0.4.12)

A new release 0.4.13 of RProtoBuf got onto CRAN a few hours ago. RProtoBuf provides R with bindings for the Google Protocol Buffers (“ProtoBuf”) data encoding and serialization library used and released by Google, and deployed fairly widely in numerous projects as a language and operating-system agnostic protocol.

It would also appear that I failed to blog about release 0.4.12 from July. Both releases contain a number of very nice and focused contributed pull requests – see below for more – as well as some standard packaging maintenance.

Changes in RProtoBuf version 0.4.13 (2018-11-03)

  • The configure setup is more robust with respect to the C++ setup (CRAN request).

  • POSIXlt elements are now properly serialized too (Jeffrey Shen in #48 and #50 fixing #47)

  • Added two Dockerfiles for continuous integration and use; see this url for more.

Changes in RProtoBuf version 0.4.12 (2018-07-11)

  • Recursive serialization of sublists returning themselves is now recognised (Jeffrey Shen in #38 fixing #37)

  • New function readProtoFiles2 to be consistent with protoc (Siddhartha Bagaria in #40 fixing #39)

  • Update Windows binary library used (Maciej Lach and Jeroen Ooms in #42 and follow-up commits)

  • New unit tests for new functionality (Siddhartha Bagaria in #45)

CRANberries also provides a diff to the previous release. The RProtoBuf page has copies of the (older) package vignette, the ‘quick’ overview vignette, a unit test summary vignette, and the pre-print for the JSS paper. Questions, comments etc should go to the GitHub issue tracker off the GitHub repo.

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