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Re^2: xs modifying passed value

by bulk88 (Priest)
on Nov 18, 2012 at 02:03 UTC ( #1004366=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??


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Considered having the return of MyLib::strToInt be the bool, and the param be the int? Usually subs/funcs return true false, and details of the operation are inplace updates/ pass by reference/ $_[0] = "hello";/*status = 1;/. Or the author of C++ method strToInt did it that way and thats the way you will remember it in Perl? You could also return 2 elements "($truefalse, $theint) = $instance->strToInt();", and have MyLib::strToInt method take only one param (THIS scalar). If the caller in perl doesn't want the int, they dont need to collect it in list context.

edit: With XS/C/Perl internals, the biggest XSUB debugging tool is looking at the .c code. Try posting that. For C code, you should learn how to create post C processor code, then run it through a code formatter. A 7 character named macro taking 1 param, barely or terribly documented, can expand to a screenful of code after 2-5 layers of macros are expanded. To understand why it failed, looking at the post preprocessor output it the only way. Also compile with optimize=debug and symbols, as you said already, you have a C debugger, so thats correct. Also instead of returning 1 bool, or a list, consider returning a hashref, a hashref is probably overkill for this function.

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Re^3: xs modifying passed value
by bulk88 (Priest) on Nov 18, 2012 at 07:43 UTC
    Some people for param lists do,
    my %localdog; if(@_ == 2 && ref($_[1]) eq 'HASH') { #named params my $hvref = $_[1]; $localdog{name} = $hvref->{name}; $localdog{color} = $hvref->{color}; } else{ $localdog{name} = $_[1]; $localdog{color} = $_[2]; }

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[robby_dobby]: Corion: Heh. This whole thing smells of Strategy Pattern or MVC pattern.
[Corion]: And performance linear to the number of registered one-shots doesn't feel that bad. Maybe I should collect statistics on how many callbacks are outstanding ;)
[Corion]: choroba: Yes, but the longer I thought about efficient hashes mapping the event type back to their callbacks, and how to keep them in sync, the more I thought that all that optimization might just not be worth it, even if it's horribly inelegant
[Lady_Aleena]: My biggest problem with hashes at the moment is one with 2,501 keys.
[choroba]: how many event types are there?
[Corion]: Also I found that I can't conveniently weaken an array slot, which also is inconvenient, as I want my one-shots to disappear if the caller discards them
[Corion]: choroba: Currently two or three that my program handles (WWW::Mechanize:: Chrome), but there might be more that become interesting
[Corion]: But I don't expect more than 100 to be active at the same time, so I'm not really sure if there is a not-too-fancy data structure that is maintained with few lines of code where the performance is better than the linear scan ;)
[Corion]: But I should do a mock-up program so that others can see what I'm talking about ;)
[robby_dobby]: Corion: I hope you know all too well that passing around "fancy" datastructures is a recipe for disaster :-)

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