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Proposal for an introspector collaboration toolchain

by mdupont (Scribe)
on Jun 28, 2002 at 08:26 UTC ( #177962=perlmeditation: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??

I propose the following API into free software development tools to be licensed for the orderly, secure, fast, and high tech buzzword compliant data backbone for a new gnu development environment.


The Introspector is a tool chain to extract meta-data about your programs from the compiler and present it to you for making your job as a programmer easier.

The software is free software in the spirit of the GNU manifesto and is revolutionary in the freedoms that it intends on granting to its users.

There are many many licensing and legal issues addressed by this project, and my guideline for resolving them are to limit the usage of the tool for non-free software if there is a need to.

The legal and licensing FAQ will be posted in the next weeks.

This Meta-Data includes all data collected about your software by the Compiler, the Make system, the Project and Packaging system, the CVS Logs and the Mailling List.

The Introspector's scope was originally just the GCC C compiler, but will be expanded to include the extraction of meta-data from different compilers and interpreters.

The programs meta-data will be provided as a Perl/C#/(XML/RDF/DAML)/SQL or plain old C/C++ interface.

We will build tools to allow this meta-data to be processed by various GUI tools, Graph Layout Tools like VCG, Diagram Editors like DIA, and Editors like EMACS.

Also Languge bindings like

compiling (gcc(C, C++, java) | cscc(CSHARP))

scripting (guile|Python|Perl { via perls inline::* }|Ruby)

reasoning (guile|scheme|lisp|prolog)

repository (GDBM|(POSTGRES|MYSQL)XIndice)

communication (soap|xmlrpc| + a newly development of a REST api)

This meta-data will be stored in a repository and available to tools that need it via many different interfaces.

I look forward to your comments.

Please come visit my updated webpage at :

You will find an copy of related snippets and news at : the blogger :

Best regards, Mike

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