[R-sig-finance] [R] Bloomberg Data Import to R

Robert Sams Robert at sanctumfi.com
Fri Feb 10 15:35:38 CET 2006

I'm a bit confused by the Windoze-only talk. Linux/686 (kernels 2.4 and 2.6) is supported by Bloomberg's Server API. See the docs on WAPI. Or am I missing something?

Btw.. my Bloomberg interface will be on CRAN shortly. I'll post something on this list when it is.


> On Wed, Feb 08, 2006 at 08:42:19AM -0600, Dirk Eddelbuettel wrote:
> > Barely platform independent. Bloomberg supports only 
> Windows and Solaris, and
> > I'd be surprised if there even were a dozen installations 
> using Solaris ...
> Last I heard, more than a year ago, Bloomberg was actively trying to
> get users off Solaris, setting deadlines for when it would be
> desupported, etc.  Bloomberg on Solaris may be gone completely by now,
> I'm not sure.

> > So matter-of-factishly, it's Windoze-only. Just like the 
> COM solution.
> Yep.  Of course, if Bloomberg were suddenly to decide to support their
> Terminal on Linux or some other non-Windows operating system,
> presumably they would continue to include the C API there as well.
> Also, Bloomberg seems to regard their C API as legacy software.  I
> assume they won't be adding much new to it, but that also means that
> they're unlikely to change it enough to seriously break it's latent
> cross-platform-ness, however much of that it really has.  :)
> Presumably the Bloomberg Terminal codebase has been becoming more and
> more MS Windows centric, though.  My vague understanding was that the
> C API doesn't really need the Terminal to function, but it piggy backs
> on the Terminal's authentication somehow.  They could stick in some
> other sort of authentication if they really wanted to.
> I could imagine them spinning off the C API codebase, enhancing it,
> and then offering it as some other sort of product.  But then again,
> although it's fast, the C API isn't terribly user friendly - even for
> C programmers - so maybe their potential customers wouldn't be
> interested anyway.
> -- 
> Andrew Piskorski <atp at piskorski.com>
> http://www.piskorski.com/
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