Re: [Rd] Possible changes to connections

From: Byron Ellis <byron.ellis_at_gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 31 May 2007 14:43:42 -0700

Also nice would be the ability to implement connection types from packages (in much the same way as graphics devices).

On 5/31/07, Seth Falcon <sfalcon_at_fhcrc.org> wrote:
> Hi,
>
> One more comment on this thread...
>
> Jeffrey Horner <jeff.horner_at_vanderbilt.edu> writes:
>
> > Prof Brian Ripley wrote:
> >> When I originally implemented connections in R 1.2.0, I followed the model
> >> in the 'Green Book' closely. There were a number of features that forced
> >> a particular implementation, and one was getConnection() that allows one
> >> to recreate a connection object from a number.
> > [...]
> >> Another issue is that the current connection objects can be saved and
> >> restored but refer to a global table that is session-specific so they lose
> >> their meaning (and perhaps gain an unintended one).
> >>
> >> What I suspect is that very few users are aware of the Green Book
> >> description and so we have freedom to make some substantial changes
> >> to the implementation. Both issues suggest that connection objects should
> >> be based on external pointers (which did not exist way back in 1.2.0).
> >
> > Sounds great! I would also like to see the following interface (all or
> > in parts) added for working with connections from C. This is an update
> > to the patch I created here:
> >
> > http://wiki.r-project.org/rwiki/doku.php?id=developers:r_connections_api
>
> I wanted to voice a "me too" for wanting to see an interface added for
> working with connections from C in package code. There are a number
> of places where this would be useful and provide cleaner solution than
> what is possible today.
>
> The proposed interface looks useful.
>
> + seth
>
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