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Re^2: Developing Perl against proprietary interfaces

by wade (Pilgrim)
on Apr 22, 2008 at 17:34 UTC ( #682230=note: print w/ replies, xml ) Need Help??

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Instead of linking your C with Perl using raw XS, you might consider It builds the XS for you and, if you so choose, you can convert directly to Java. I've used SWIG before and it's really easy.


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Re^3: Developing Perl against proprietary interfaces
by samtregar (Abbot) on Apr 22, 2008 at 18:29 UTC
    You might, but I wouldn't. I've also used SWIG and I found it to be mostly a waste of time. It offers something I don't need (bindings for multiple languages) in exchange for greatly increased complexity. That complexity hides the actual details of the XS interface that you'll need to effectively debug your code. And you will need to debug your code!


      My approach (which, admittedly, won't work for everybody) was to debug the two sides, separately. I got the Perl working with the C calls stubbed-out and I got the C working with a test harness on that side. At that point, I plugged the bad boys together and it worked like a charm.

      Of course, YMMV.


        Yikes! Was this node down-voted because somebody really doesn't like SWIG, because I defended my original post, because I elided the complexities of the interface, or for some other reason? I didn't mean to step on toes, here.


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