Re: [Vala] Convert glibmm's Glib::ustring to Vala's string

On 09/01/2012 06:23 AM, Trung Ngo wrote:
I'm trying to interface my vala code with a C++ library that makes use
of Glib::ustring for UTF-8 support. Is there any way to convert
glibmm's Glib::ustring to Vala's string?

Most of the time, strings in GLib are simply C strings that happen to be
UTF-8 encoded. The C type you'll want to use is const gchar* (which is
identical to const char*)

Example C++ code:
extern Glib::ustring my_str;

extern "C"
const gchar *
get_my_str ()
    return my_str.c_str();

This should work as a function declaration in your VAPI file:
[CCode (cheader_filename = "stringfunc.h")]
public string get_my_str ();

NB: As JM said, Vala doesn't interface with C++ code particularly well.
If your library is object-oriented, you'll have to create a fair bit of
wrapper code to expose a clean C interface (ideally using GObject/GType)
that you can then access from Vala.

Ideally, one would want to use SWIG and/or GObject-Introspection to do
the heavy lifting, but as far as I can tell, Glibmm doesn't support
GObject-Introspection, and SWIG doesn't support generating C/GObject


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