Thinking inside the box


A new release of the dang package arrived at CRAN a couple of hours ago, exactly eight months after the previous release. The dang package regroups a few functions of mine that had no other home as for example lsos() from a StackOverflow question from 2009 (!!), the overbought/oversold price band plotter from an older blog post, the market monitor from the last release as well the checkCRANStatus() function recently tweeted about by Tim Taylor.

This release regroups a few small edits to several functions, adds a sample function for character encoding reading and conversion using a library already used by R (hence “look Ma, no new depends”), adds a weekday helper, and a sample usage (computing rolling min/max values) of a new simple vector class added to tidyCpp (and the function and class need to get another blog post or study …), and an experimental git sha1sum and date marker (as I am not the fan of autogenerated binaries from repos as opposed to marked released meaning: we may see different binary release with the same version number).

The full NEWS entry follows.

  • Updated continuous integration to run on Linux only.

  • Edited checkNonAscii.cpp for readability.

  • More robust title display in intradayMarketMonitor.R.

  • New C++-based function to read and convert encoding via the R-supplied iconv library, noted a potential variability.

  • New function wday returning day of the week as integer.

  • The signature to as.data.table was standardized.

  • A new function rollMinMax was added illustrating use of the NumVec class from tidyCpp.

  • The configure script can record the last commit date and sha1 to automate timestamping builds, but not activated in this release.

  • checkCRANStatus() now works correctly for single-package lookups (Jordan Mark Barbone in #4).

Courtesy of my CRANberries, there is a comparison to the previous release. For questions or comments use the issue tracker off the GitHub repo.

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