[Haskell-cafe] Announce: Yet Another Tool to Generate FFI Bindings:
dimitry at golubovsky.org
Sat Jun 25 03:39:42 EDT 2005
I am pleased to announce the very first alpha release of the (yet
another) FFI binding autogeneration tool.
Some time ago, I asked the list subscribers about available bindings to
Berkeley DB. Several people kindly shared their code with me.
One thing I noticed in all bindings: they required manually-written
wrappers to accomodate for Berkeley DB indirect style of calling functions.
Considering large number of such functions in BDB, I attempted to write
a tool which would automatically parse the BDB include file, and extract
function prototypes to generate FFI declarations. Soon it became clear
that an almost full C syntax parser would be necessary.
Finally it resulted in what I am presenting to the Haskell community
with hope that this utility will be useful to many developers.
Of course there are many omissions and shortcuts, but before I move
forward, I would like to get some feedback from potential users of this
There is no detailed documentation. I have written a brief README file.
More detailed documentation will follow.
I haven't created a homepage for this project yet: the only way to get
it so far is the darcs repo:
darcs get http://www.golubovsky.org/repos/hsffig
Files in the repository may be browsed at:
I will appreciate any feedback.
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