lua-users home
lua-l archive

[Date Prev][Date Next][Thread Prev][Thread Next] [Date Index] [Thread Index]

Hello list,
Just to let you know on the status of SWIG.
*** ANNOUNCE: SWIG 1.3.30 (November 13, 2006) ***

We're pleased to announce SWIG-1.3.30, the latest installment in the
SWIG development effort. SWIG-1.3.30 includes a number of bug fixes
and large number of enhancements throughout.

What is SWIG?

SWIG is a software development tool that reads C/C++ header files and
generates the wrapper code needed to make C and C++ code accessible
from other languages including Perl, Python, Tcl, Ruby, PHP, Java,
Scheme (Guile, MzScheme, CHICKEN), Ocaml, Lua, Pike, C#, Modula-3, and
Common Lisp (CLISP, Allegro CL, CFFI, UFFI). SWIG can also export its parse
tree in the form of XML and Lisp s-expressions. Major applications of
SWIG include generation of scripting language extension modules, rapid
prototyping, testing, and user interface development for large C/C++

The release is available for download on Sourceforge at

A Windows version should also be available at

What's New?

SWIG-1.3.30 summary:
- Python-2.5 support
- New language module: R
- Director support added for C#
- Numerous director fixes and improvements
- Improved mingw/msys support
- Better constants support in Guile and chicken modules
- Support for generating PHP5 class wrappers
- Important Java premature garbage collection fix
- Minor improvements/fixes in cffi, php, allegrocl, perl, chicken, lua,
ocaml, python, java, c# and guile language modules
- Many many other bug fixes

Release numbers
With SWIG-1.3, we are adopting an odd/even version numbering scheme for
SWIG. Odd version numbers (1.3, 1.5, 1.7, etc...) are considered to
be development releases. Even numbers (1.4,1.6,1.8) are stable
releases. The current 1.3 effort is working to produce a stable 2.0
release. A stable 2.0 release will not be made until it can
accompanied by fully updated documentation. In the meantime, we will
continue to make periodic 1.3.x releases.

We need your help!
Even if you are perfectly happy with SWIG-1.1, we can still use your
feedback. First, we like to know about compilation problems and other
issues concerning the building of SWIG. Second, if SWIG-1.3 is unable
to compile your old interface files, we would like to get information
about the features you are using. This information will help us find
bugs in the SWIG-1.3 release, develop techniques for supporting
backwards compatibility, and write documentation that addresses
specific issues related to migrating from SWIG-1.1 to SWIG-1.3.

We are also looking for volunteers who would like to work on various
aspects of SWIG development. SWIG is an unfunded project that would
not exist without volunteers. We are also looking for the developers
of other SWIG language modules. If you have developed a SWIG module
and would like to see it incorporated into the new release, please
contact us to obtain SWIG-CVS access. We are also more than willing
to help port your module from SWIG-1.1 to SWIG-1.3. Please send email
to for further information.

Please report problems with this release to the swig-dev mailing list,
details at

--- The SWIG Developers