[C++-sig] Announcing pybindgen

Hans Meine hans_meine at gmx.net
Wed Sep 26 15:36:31 CEST 2007

On Mittwoch 26 September 2007, Gustavo Carneiro wrote:
> Although I like Py++ a lot, I really hate Boost.Python.
Alarm!  Wrong list! ;-P

> Maybe it's because 
> of my lack of skill in understanding C++ templates, but I feel like
> Boost.Python hides too many details underneath a layer of cryptic to follow
> set of C++ templates, while I need to see the generated code in order to
> check that memory management details are being declared and implemented
> correctly.
That's a matter of trust.  I like boost::python's memory management concepts a 
lot.  But you are right, that it is very difficult to look behind the scenes.  
You should not have to, but if you want, it's really... scary. ;-)
(I am often giving up quite early when I see all the preprocessor magic with 
#includes of #define'd files that recursively include the current header 

> In addition, to compile Boost.Python based bindings your users 
> need to have the boost python library and header files installed.
That's a real disadvantage indeed.  If you happen to work on a very small 
project that you want to offer to the world with Python bindings included, 
boost::python is a rather large and inconvenient dependency.

> In contrast, PyBindGen generated extensions only require python development
> header files in order to compile, nothing more.
That's cool, but it's a pity that it does not have something like py++, based 
on pygccxml.

> I also think Boost.Pythonextensions compile to rather large modules...
My experience is only with wrapping highly templatized code, thus I don't know 
if that should be attributed to boost::python.

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