Re: Introspection API
- From: Havoc Pennington <hp redhat com>
- To: James Henstridge <james jamesh id au>
- Cc: gtk-devel-list gnome org, Matthias Clasen <mclasen redhat com>, language-bindings gnome org
- Subject: Re: Introspection API
- Date: Mon, 28 Feb 2005 15:53:33 -0500
On Mon, 2005-02-28 at 17:38 +0800, James Henstridge wrote:
> At the same time, C header files are missing a lot of the information
> you'd want to include in the metadata. You'll either end up with a lot
> of ugly comments in the header (for an extreme case, look at something
> like librpm's headers ...), or have the information separate from the
> definitions (which can result on them becoming out of date).
I think magic comments are the way to go. The way to minimize them is to
follow the conventions. If an API is "normal" then all the defaults
should be right -> no magic comments. Right?
You can also have an "overrides file" rather than magic comments, as
> Having the C header files generated from a file written in some IDL that
> can represent all the metadata would mean that the C header only need
> include things relevant to C, and be fairly clean.
Who cares if it's clean if it's autogenerated though ;-) you aren't
going to look at it then...
I dunno. People are always free to write the IDL by hand, the feature
that can scan a header to generate the IDL is an additional feature, not
an alternate approach, the way I think of it.
Doesn't seem realistic to change all the existing gtk headers over to
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