Rblpapi 0.3.2

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The second update to the Rblpapi package (since the initial CRAN upload in August) is now available. Rblpapi connects R to the Bloomberg system, giving access to a truly vast array of time series data and custom calculations.

This release brings a new subscribe() function for real-time data, written by Whit. Don’t get too excited because R’s single-threadedness places some limits of the usefulness of this–but it is still tremendously valuable for checking other data sources etc pp. Also included in this release are a ton of bug fixes, many contributed by Rademeyer — see below for more details.

Changes in Rblpapi version 0.3.2 (2015-12-07)

  • A new subscribe() function supports live data subscription for a set of tickers and fields (#88).

  • In the beqs() example the correct date format is used (PR #85 by Rademeyer).

  • Both getTicks() and getBars() now check the start and end times for proper Datetime class.

  • The getBars() function now also return the ‘value traded’ (request of #89).

  • An error in the documentation for bdh was corrected (PR #93 by Rademeyer closing #85).

  • The beqs() function is now more robust with respect to empty return columns (PR #100 by Rademeyer fixing ticket #99).

  • The getBars() function now uses a single (named) vector options to pass optional values to the underlying function (PR #105 updating PR #48 and fixing #47).

  • When R is built with libcurl support, it used to download the build-time library and headers; otherwise curl is used. This avoids an issue on OS X where curl is insufficient.

Courtesy of CRANberries, there is also a diffstat report for the this release. As always, more detailed information is on the Rblpapi page. Questions, comments etc should go to the issue tickets system at the GitHub repo.

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