[Bioc-devel] "external" R objects

Laurent Gautier lgautier at gmail.com
Thu Jun 28 08:26:12 CEST 2007


The package externalVector has been a successful early attempt
at providing a template for packages defining (and using) data
structures defined as "external" to an R session.

For example it is possible to have things like:
- in-memory vectors that are "external" to R pass-by-value mechanism
(and )
- vectors that do not reside in-memory (but for example in a file),
but that can be used transparently just (almost) like any regular
in-memory R vector.

However there have been subsequent changes in R, and unfortunately
"externalVector" is no longer working with a current release of R.

We would like to hear from developers where "external" vector would
help them, so we can work on defining a scope for the package.



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