[Rcpp-devel] prospects for NetCDF?

Sean Davis seandavi at gmail.com
Sat Dec 17 03:34:41 CET 2016

Does it need to be NetCDF, or can you settle for HDF5?  There are a couple of HDF5 packages available.

> On Dec 16, 2016, at 8:55 PM, Michael Sumner <mdsumner at gmail.com> wrote:
> I've outlined a wishlist item for a modern Rcpp wrapper for the NetCDF library: 
> https://github.com/RConsortium/wishlist/issues/3 <https://github.com/RConsortium/wishlist/issues/3>
> I'd appreciate any advice from those with Rcpp expertise and knowledge of wrapping external libraries.  
> Does NetCDF look particularly difficult to work with? Or, would it be reasonably straigtforward, but quite a lot of work? 
> It's perhaps a bit wishful to expect anyone with those skills to offer to be involved, but it would be really helpful to at least have some thoughts - even just "that's crazy hard" or "way too easy", or anything in between. 
> NetCDF is a general multi-dimensional array format, with metadata and slice-based index read - in modern forms (v4.0) it's based on HDF5. It's used for many kinds of data, but sees majority use (probably) in remote sensing and climate modelling. 
> Thank you. 
> Cheers, Mike. 
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