[Rd] Demo for linking native routines between R packages

Zhang, Jitao David j|t@o_d@v|d@zh@ng @end|ng |rom roche@com
Fri Apr 17 16:32:20 CEST 2020

Dear Davis and Dirk,

Thank you very much for the suggestions, which are very valuable and

I will add references to prior examples, document my project with the clear
step-by-step-style document of Davis's project, and come back again to the
mailing list.

Best wishes,

On Fri, Apr 17, 2020 at 3:40 PM Dirk Eddelbuettel <edd using debian.org> wrote:

> Jitao,
> Thanks for writing this up.
> You could add a section on 'prior art' and references.  The canonical
> example
> always was (c.f. Writing R Extensions)
>   lme4 <-> Matrix
> which was followed early by the CRAN packages
>   zoo <-> xts
> upon which I built
>   xts <-> RcppXts
> with a write-up (from 2013 !!) here:
> https://gallery.rcpp.org/articles/accessing-xts-api/
> Via private mail, I helped then-maintainer Vincent connect expm:
>   expm <-> Matrix
> and built two packages on CRAN _for the very purpose of exporting API
> functions to be called_ (which in both cases are from base R as R Core is
> very careful not get tied into exporting APIs, which is both understandable
> and a source of added difficulty for us package writers)
>   RApiDatetime
>   RApiSerialize
> The latter one is use by my RcppRedis package, Travers' very nice qs
> package
> and Tim's rpg package.
> To my reading, the R Community is drifting more and more towards collective
> amnesia where prior work is (pick any one the following)
>  - ignored altogether
>  - reinvented by another package
>  - shadowed by another package
> rather than extended, improved and/or cited.  That is a collective loss for
> all of us. It would be nice if you could stear back a little and reference
> prior related work. My apologies to other packages in this area I have not
> listed. We really should have a common reference for this.
> Cheers, Dirk
> --
> http://dirk.eddelbuettel.com | @eddelbuettel | edd using debian.org


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