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Re: Higher level languages as part of the core of SVN

From: Branko ─îibej <brane_at_xbc.nu>
Date: 2006-10-21 22:43:09 CEST

Garrett Rooney wrote:
> I'd like to propose another idea for how we could write parts of
> Subversion itself (not just the command line clients, but actual
> portions of the libraries) in a higher level language, but still
> expose a C level interface to the rest of the world, without dealing
> with the binary compatibility and other issues that come with C++.

I am continually amazed by the thousands of otherwise quite competent
programmers who still believe that "C++" and "binary incompatibility"
are two sides of the same coin, or that you can't expose a completely
C-like interface from something compiled as C++.

You can, and you can even provide a C++ API that has *no* binary
compatibility issues, ever, on any platform (heh, that is, no more than
any C API).

Of course "API" and "implementation language" aren't related either,
that's another bugaboo.

-- Brane

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