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

From: Branko Čibej <brane_at_xbc.nu>
Date: 2006-10-21 22:59:48 CEST

Garrett Rooney wrote:
> On 10/21/06, Branko Čibej <brane@xbc.nu> wrote:
>> 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.
> No argument there, it's certainly possible to write in C++ yet avoid
> the various types of binary incompatibility (i.e. don't expose
> anything that depends on the STL).

You mean, like, "don't expose anything that depends on APR?" :)

Sorry, couldn't resist ...

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