[Vm-dev] Merging FFI and Alien

Nicolai Hess nicolaihess at gmail.com
Mon Jan 25 11:00:57 UTC 2016

2016-01-24 12:57 GMT+01:00 Esteban Lorenzano <estebanlm at gmail.com>:

> Hi,
> Recently I’ve been talking with Eliot and we came to the conclusion that
> FFI and Alien repositories needs to be merged.
> Our rational is that 1) both are different ways of doing the same (often
> with same primitives) and much more important 2) Alien contains the the “de
> facto” callback mechanism supported by the VM.
> Keeping them separated and treated as two different things is negative and
> an important source of confusion for people willing to do FFI this days.
> So, here is my proposal (already talked with Eliot).
> 1) unify http://source.squeak.org/FFI and
> http://www.squeaksource.com/Alien into http://source.squeak.org/FFI
> That means copying into FFI repo all Alien history.
> 2) Rename Alien package into FFI-Alien (extract the Alien-Win32 category
> into its own package)
> 3) Create a ConfigurationOfFFI who takes properly FFI and FFI-Alien, etc.
> That means also deprecate Alien project in squeaksource (which usually is
> just put a WARNING text in home page :P)
> So… if nobody has a anything against this plan, I will do it next week :)

Are there differences between pharos ffi-package (FFI-Kernel) and squeak?
For example, the fallback implementation in
referese to ContextPart, but it should be Context in (for Pharo only).

> cheers!
> Esteban
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