ctypes 0.9.2 released

Ian Bicking ianb at colorstudy.com
Fri Oct 29 20:27:45 CEST 2004


Just wrote:
>>One of the perceived strengths of Python is the fact that it
>>integrates well with the platforms it is running on, so it's not an
>>insulated box like Java.
> 
> 
> Another one of Pythons perceived strengths is that if you get a 
> segfault, it's a bug in Python. With ctypes that will no longer be as 
> clear.

It's always been the case that C extensions can cause segfaults.  This 
is just a tool for incorporating C extensions, without writing any extra 
C.  It even says "c" right in the name, which should cause a certain 
amount of (justified) fear for anyone who knows what that means ;)

Having ctypes in the stdlib would be cool, because it would mean that 
many C library extension could be installed with no compilation step, 
since ctypes would already be compiled as part of the default install. 
Assuming the C library was already installed, but typically C libraries 
get packaged for distribution long before the associated Python 
extension is packaged.

-- 
Ian Bicking  /  ianb at colorstudy.com  /  http://blog.ianbicking.org



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