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On Fri, Nov 17, 2006 at 11:09:39AM -0800, Don Hopkins wrote:
> it doesn't require that your code be written in C++, and it doesn't 

YMMV. I tried to use swig to bind a C library into ruby for a few days,
and came away pretty frustrated.

The impression I got was that swig was very good at binding OO C++ into
OO languages (I guess because c++ has enough compiler keywords that make
it clear what is an object, and what the ctor/dtor is, etc.), but what I
had was fairly typical "OO in C" libraries:
  typdef struct Foo Foo;
  int foo_new(Foo** foo, int arg);
  int foo_use(Foo* foo, const char*in, size_t in_sz, char* out, size_t* out_sz);
    # non-zero return is an error
  void foo_destroy(Foo** foo);

I thought it would be easy to bind, because the library, while having a
lot of APIs, had a very, very consistent set of calling conventions, but
I had trouble finding documentation on this. There was lots of doc
coverage of how to do cool things with C++ and templates, but the simple
case of C libraries was surprisingly under discussed.

Anyhow, I think I could do great things with swig if I knew it well, but
the learning curve was pretty steep at the time. I hand-coded the