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- Subject: Re: ANN: Alien 0.3.1
- From: Miles Bader <miles.bader@...>
- Date: Thu, 14 Feb 2008 14:12:32 +0900
Thomas Harning <email@example.com> writes:
>> require "alien"
>> local gtk,p,i=alien.load("gtk-x11-2.0"),"pointer","int"
>> gtk.gtk_message_dialog_new(nil,0,0,1,"Alien Rocks!"))
> Awesome! This may be be a better hook for what LuaGTK/GTKLua (whatever
> it was) wanted to be...
Lua-gtk presents a much cleaner Lua interface (and quite likely more
efficient too) than a "raw" translation by alien of the underlying C
interface, because it uses knowledge of the way the gtk C interface is
designed. I guess it's perhaps closer in spirit to gtkmm than basic gtk.
I mean no insult against alien -- it looks like a great package -- but
obviously it is going to present more generic view of a C interface than
a package specifically targetting that interface.
Because there's obviously a lot of overlap (e.g. they both use libffi),
maybe there's room for code-sharing or refactorization (e.g., maybe
lua-gtk could use alien in some way).
> I've always had problems with it and I bet it was due to the same
> issue that alien encountered on AMD64....
Have you tried recent versions of it? It works very well these days.
Sorry to sound so strident, but lua-gtk is a very impressive project,
so I don't want to see others put off by misinformation about it.
Here's the lua-gtk version, btw:
local gtk = require 'gtk'
"Lua-gtk Rocks!"):run ()
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