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- Subject: Re: Mike Pall's standalone FFI: a dream?
- From: Miles Bader <miles@...>
- Date: Mon, 06 Jun 2011 14:31:23 +0900
Axel Kittenberger <firstname.lastname@example.org> writes:
> However the conlusion back then was, if you need to press out the
> latest bit of speed, go FFI and forget about vanilla. If you don't
> want to do that, forget about the FFI and write classical C bindings,
> you don't throw that much performance out of the window, since LuaJIT
> still works nicely with vanilla bindings as well.
There's a more nuanced possibility though: Use the FFI C-parser to
_automatically_ produce classical C bindings in the pure Lua case (but
use FFI when on Luajit).
This restricts you compared to pure FFI (in the pure-Lua case, the above
build process must be at "compile/install time", not at runtime like
FFI), but for many common scenarios it could give much of the
convenience of FFI while still remaining portable.
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