[C++-sig] Advice sought on making a large C++ application a Python extension

David Aldrich David.Aldrich at EU.NEC.COM
Wed Sep 15 11:37:00 CEST 2010

Hi Ben

Thanks very much for your reply. Sorry that my response has been slow but I have been trying to digest yours. I have also taken a detour to investigate CMake.

>As to how to make your functionality available with a Python 
>extension - I'm not sure exactly what kind of app you have, 
>but is it possible to make the Python portion only an 
>interface to the underlying C++ code? That's basically what 
>we did with our application - write a wrapper layer on top 
>of the ordinary C++ API that implemented a Python API. This 
>also allowed us to build the C++ application, and then with
>an additional build step (in GNU make) we were able to 
>compile the python interface layer.

I'm sorry to say that I don't really understand the concept of making the Python portion only an interface to the underlying C++ code. Please could you explain what that means? 

Best regards


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