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Re^4: Directory operations and Unicode

by nikosv (Hermit)
on Nov 09, 2011 at 05:45 UTC ( #936957=note: print w/ replies, xml ) Need Help??

in reply to Re^3: Directory operations and Unicode
in thread Directory operations and Unicode

hence I bypass any Wide APIs

in the sense that I don't have to deal or think about them them

you wrap them using a ridiculously large stack of other APIs. After uselessly burning a lot of CPU cycles

might be true but it gets the job done. what is your suggestion of doing it otherwise ?

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Re^5: Directory operations and Unicode
by afoken (Parson) on Nov 11, 2011 at 13:29 UTC
    what is your suggestion of doing it otherwise ?

    Using the "wide" API directly, of course. As long as Perl is compiled as an ANSI application, the only way to do so is to write a module, either using XS or Win32::API. Perl can handle Unicode, the only annoyance is that Perl currently uses a different encoding than Windows, so each and every wrapper function that passes strings from and to Windows needs to convert the strings. DBD::ODBC is an example for this; compiled on Windows, it prefers the "wide" API for ODBC, unless explicitly disabled.


    Today I will gladly share my knowledge and experience, for there are no sweeter words than "I told you so". ;-)

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