A new release of the BH package is now on CRAN and its mirrors. BH provides (a subset of) the Boost library for C++, particularly the (large) parts delivered as pure template headers not requiring linking.
When this package is installed, an R package developer can deploy it at
build-time via a simple
LinkingTo: BH declaration (which,
despite the title affects only compilation, not linking; don’t ask…).
This frees developers from having to include the (sizeable) Boost headers in
their packages, and provides (parts of) Boost as part of the R build system.
This release expands the scope of the package by a quite bit as shown in the NEWS entry:
Changes in version 1.51.0-3 (2013-10-19)
The other change is that I am now acting as maintainer taking over from Jay who has headed the initial creation and first releases after he, Mike and I had talked about this for way too long without actually doing anything about it. Thanks for getting everything rolling, Jay!
Comments and suggestions are welcome via the mailing list or issue tracker available via the package page at R-Forge.