[Vm-dev] Re: Alien for Win32 too

Andreas Raab andreas.raab at gmx.de
Tue Mar 23 09:18:21 UTC 2010

Hi Torsten -

The problem is that I need some time to review and integrate these 
changes. Unfortunately, my time is rather limited and Alien support is 
simply not at the top of my priorities. I'll get around to it for sure, 
but it may not be within the next week or two.

   - Andreas

On 3/23/2010 1:16 AM, Torsten Bergmann wrote:
> Andreas wrote on squeak-dev:
>> The main reason for using Alien today is callbacks. There is still no
>> support for callbacks in the FFI so if you need callbacks Alien is your
>> choice.
> Any chance we can get Alien support included into the official Win32 VM
> and therefore provide callback support on Windows too? So one at least
> is able to have that choice you are talking about?
> Alien is AFAIK easily usable on all major platforms, except Windows.
> There were various mails on pushing all that forward, also the code was
> provided by Marco and it seems like we have to take two final steps to
> get it included (clearify your license question and if OK the final code
>   integration into the official VM source)
> So again:
> Would you please respond on [1]/[2] so we can hopefully move forward here!
> I would really like to see callback support on Windows too
> (however it is done Alien or FFI) to move other projects (like a general COM/Java interface, ... ) forward.
> It's still a shame that Squeak is light years behind other programming
> environments on interfacing with the outside world...
> Bye
> T.
> [1] http://lists.squeakfoundation.org/pipermail/vm-dev/2010-March/004054.html
> [2] http://bugs.squeak.org/view.php?id=7475

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