Re: A few comments on GVariant

On Mon, 2009-11-30 at 16:38 +0000, Simon McVittie wrote:

> Perhaps it's a sign that I do too much D-Bus, but I find code that uses the
> plain signature strings ("a{sv}") to be much, much more readable than
> DBUS_TYPE_STRUCT_ENTRY_END (or whatever the libdbus constants are really
> called).
> The signature characters are all quite mnemonic, apart from the 16- and 64-bit
> integers (I can never remember whether 't' or 'x' is the unsigned one).

I agree that D-Bus style type signatures are much easier to read and
comprehend (in fact, I wish printf used these type names).

As you have already pointed out, Simon, the only use for the #define
names for use with g_print is for platform-varying types like GSize.

Seeing as we don't have compile-time type-safety anyway, for anything, I
think relying on runtime reporting and tests is the best way forward.
Write a comment to explain your complex types [ a{u(ua{sa{sv}})} ].

Danielle Madeley
Software Developer, Collabora Ltd.                  Melbourne, Australia

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