An exciting new release 0.4.21 of RProtoBuf arrived on CRAN earlier today. RProtoBuf provides R with bindings for the Google Protocol Buffers (“ProtoBuf”) data encoding and serialization library used and released by Google, and deployed very widely in numerous projects as a language and operating-system agnostic protocol.
development, following what seemed like a multi-year lull, all of a
sudden picked up again with a vengeance a little while ago. And the
library releases we rely on for convenience and provided by the Linux
distributions are lagging. So last summer we received an excellent, and
focussed, pull request
#93 offering to update the package to the newer ProtoBuf 22.0 and beyond.
(Aside: When a library ditches its numbering scheme you know changes are
‘for real’. My Ubuntu 23.10 box is still at 3.21 in a different counting
The following section from the NEWS.Rd file has full details.
Changes in RProtoBuf version 0.4.21 (2022-12-13)
An Alpine 3.19-based workflow was added to test this in continuous integration thanks to a suggestion by Sebastian Meyer.
A large number of old-style
.Callwere updated (#96).
Several packaging, dcoumentation and testing items were updated.
Thanks to my CRANberries, there is a diff to the previous release. The RProtoBuf page has copies of the (older) package vignette, the ‘quick’ overview vignette, and the pre-print of our JSS paper. Questions, comments etc should go to the GitHub issue tracker off the GitHub repo.
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