The RcppBDT package is an early adopter of Rcpp and was one of the first packages utilizing Boost and its Date_Time library. The now more widely-used package anytime is a direct descentant of RcppBDT.
In fact, the last time RcppBDT was released, anytime did not yet exist. And some of the changes now finally released here in this version are some of the first steps made towards what became anytime. RcppBDT is broader in scope and provides a wider range of functionality but in a somewhat rougher form as we never sat down writing higher-end wrappers in R for all the potential use cases. When we wrote the first RcppBDT versions, many other popular date/time packages were all in R code and not compiled, and this package showed how things could be done at the compiled level. Now other packages, including anytime have filled the void so fully polishing RcppBDT may never happen. In any event, this release refreshes the package and brings it to full
R CMD check --as-cran compliance.
The NEWS entry follows:
Changes in version 0.2.4 (2021-08-15)
New utility function
toPOSIXctwhich can take multitple input format (integer, floating point or character) vectors and can convert by relying on a wide variety of standard formats. This predates what has long been split off into a new package anytime which is more functional and feaureful.
New demo 'toPOSIXct' illustrating the feature.
New demo 'toPOSIXctTiming' benchmarking it.
Documentation for new functions was added as well.
CI now uses
The shared library is now registered when loaded from
C level entry points are now registered as R now recommends.
Several badges were added to the README.md file.
Several fields were added to the DESCRIPTION file, and/or updated.
Documentation URLs where both updated as needed and converted to https.
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