[Rd] Struggling with S3/S4 interface issues and External Pointers

From: Jeffrey Horner <jeff.horner_at_vanderbilt.edu>
Date: Sat 22 Jan 2005 - 04:06:10 EST

I'm currently working on embedding R into the Apache2 webserver (with some positive results...), but I'm struggling to identify the best way to expose the apache data and functions to R.

A couple of thoughts:

In light of the recent discussion on "S3/S4 classes performance comparson", I'm leaning toward implementing the interface with S3 style classes. I appreciate anyones advice on this.

I JUST found (after roughly 6 months of studying R) Luke Tierney's note on "Finalization and Weak References in R". From the developers page, this note is listed as a "preliminary mechanism", but I scoured CRAN and noticed packages like RODBC and XML are using it. Has this mechanism changed from "preliminary" to "production" yet? For storing pointers in R variables, I've been using integer vectors which is what RMySQL does but doesn't seem natural.

For those interested in my Apache R implementation, please download here:



Jeffrey Horner       Computer Systems Analyst         School of Medicine
615-322-8606         Department of Biostatistics   Vanderbilt University

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