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Re: C++ Binding Project?
> I've been lurking on this list for a while, but I have a question
> triggered by the recent discussion/flame war about C++ as a language.
Flame war ? I think the past days had about the most civilised treatment
of the topic I've ever seen :^)
> In particular, there was an objection raised to using C++ in code
> libraries because of difficulty in creating language bindings to code
> outside C++. IMO its a valid point. Does anyone know of a open source
> project that aids C++ binding to other languages.
Netscape have defined a platform independent COM/CORBAish
object layout in open source. With a binary standard defined for the
vtable layout, the objects can be called from within C etc (see other post)
so their approach is sortof half the answer..
> It seems to me that work to automatically generate procedural bindings
> to C++ would remove a valid objection to using C++ as a library
> language. One of the simpler ideas I'm kicking around is a C++ header
> parsing engine the might convert something like:
This is what the IDL for OLE does; IDL stands for Interface Definition
Language and is very similar to the public part of a C++ class
An IDL to whatever language then generates header files for calling those
objects (I hope I have this right it's been a while).. So probably what you
want should already be partially provided by open source CORBA
implementations (check the Gnome site) which uses a similar technique.
Maybe Jorrit can elaborate on this ?..
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