[Rd] Signature specific S4 Method export in NAMESPACE file would be cool
mamueller at bgc-jena.mpg.de
Fri Jan 24 23:41:44 CET 2014
Assume that you have a S4 generic function gf(x) and two methods implementing
The first for x of class A ( gf#A) and
the second for x of class B ( gf#B)
I would very much like to be able to:
1.) export only one method e.g. gf#A to be visible for users of the package.
2.) hide gf#B automatically when gf is exported but not the class "B"
3.) hide gf#B in the gf-methods.Rd file produced by package.skeleton
More generally one should of course think about any number of arguments e.g.
gf(x,y) with y of any of the classes A B or C
and so on
I would then like to
1.) export methods only for a list of signatures with
an extended exportMethod statement in the the NAMESPACE file .
whose syntax could look like:
where the omitted signatures argument defaults to the behavior already
implemented by exportMethods.
2.) hide any method with a signature >>containing<< a non exported class in case
the generic function is exported
e.g. if only A is an exported class only gf#A#A would be visible.
3.) as above
We strive for a weekly release cycle. It helps very much to be able to implement
and test new features without exposing them in the NAMESPACE until we are sure
that they will stay.
Being able to hide specific methods with specific signatures would help to
extend this practice to generic functions
which are quite numerous in our package.
I'm eager to hear about your thoughts.
Thanks in advance for your time.
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