I think Sriram's advice in A.P.P.1 should be considered very out-of-date.
1997: Advanced Perl Programming (First Edition) by Sriram Srinivasan
Pages on SWIG: 5, XS: 4, Both: 8, Inline: 0.
SWIG underwent a major rewrite between 1999 and 2001.
2002: Extending and Embedding Perl by Tim Jenness and Simon Cozens
Pages on SWIG: 6, XS: 200+, Inline: 10.
2005: Advanced Perl Programming (Second Edition) By Simon Cozens
Complete rewrite, with little overlap from the First Edition.
One whole chapter on Inline.
From A.P.P.2 - "Packaging Inline Modules":
In the past I'd always seen Inline::C as useful for prototyping, or a simple glue layer between C and Perl for quick hacks, and would discourage people from using it for the "serious" business of creating CPAN modules.
However, Brian "Ingy" Ingerson has worked hard on these issues and there are now two equally suitable ways to write fully functional Perl modules in Inline, without bothering with XS.
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