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NAME ^

Module::Build::WithXSpp - XS++ enhanced flavour of Module::Build

SYNOPSIS ^

In Build.PL:

  use strict;
  use warnings;
  use 5.006001;
  
  use Module::Build::WithXSpp;
  
  my $build = Module::Build::WithXSpp->new(
    # normal Module::Build arguments...
    # optional: mix in some extra C typemaps:
    extra_typemap_modules => {
      'ExtUtils::Typemaps::ObjectMap' => '0',
    },
  );
  $build->create_build_script;

DESCRIPTION ^

This subclass of Module::Build adds some tools and processes to make it easier to use for wrapping C++ using XS++ (ExtUtils::XSpp).

There are a few minor differences from using Module::Build for an ordinary XS module and a few conventions that you should be aware of as an XS++ module author. They are documented in the "FEATURES AND CONVENTIONS" section below. But if you can't be bothered to read all that, you may choose skip it and blindly follow the advice in "JUMP START FOR THE IMPATIENT".

An example of a full distribution based on this build tool can be found in the ExtUtils::XSpp distribution under examples/XSpp-Example. Using that example as the basis for your Module::Build::WithXSpp-based distribution is probably a good idea.

FEATURES AND CONVENTIONS ^

XS files

By default, Module::Build::WithXSpp will automatically generate a main XS file for your module which includes all XS++ files and does the correct incantations to support C++.

If Module::Build::WithXSpp detects any XS files in your module, it will skip the generation of this default file and assume that you wrote a custom main XS file. If that is not what you want, and wish to simply include plain XS code, then you should put the XS in a verbatim block of an .xsp file. In case you need to use the plain-C part of an XS file for #include directives and other code, then put your code into a header file and #include it from an .xsp file:

In src/mystuff.h:

  #include <something>
  using namespace some::thing;

In xsp/MyClass.xsp

  #include "mystuff.h"
  
  %{
    ... verbatim XS here ...
  %}

Note that there is no guarantee about the order in which the XS++ files are picked up.

Build directory

When building your XS++ based extension, a temporary build directory buildtmp is created for the byproducts. It is automatically cleaned up by ./Build clean.

Source directories

A Perl module distribution typically has the module .pm files in its lib subdirectory. In a Module::Build::WithXSpp based distribution, there are two more such conventions about source directories:

If any C++ source files are present in the src directory, they will be compiled to object files and linked automatically.

Any .xs, .xsp, and .xspt files in an xs or xsp subdirectory will be automatically picked up and included by the build system.

For backwards compatibility, files of the above types are also recognized in lib.

Typemaps

In XS++, there are two types of typemaps: The ordinary XS typemaps which conventionally put in a file called typemap, and XS++ typemaps.

The ordinary XS typemaps will be found in the main directory, under lib, and in the XS directories (xs and xsp). They are required to carry the .map extension or to be called typemap. You may use multiple .map files if the entries do not collide. They will be merged at build time into a complete typemap file in the temporary build directory.

The extra_typemap_modules option is the preferred way to do XS typemapping. It works like any other Module::Build argument that declares dependencies except that it loads the listed modules at build time and includes their typemaps into the build.

The XS++ typemaps are required to carry the .xspt extension or (for backwards compatibility) to be called typemap.xsp.

Detecting the C++ compiler

Module::Build::WithXSpp uses ExtUtils::CppGuess to detect a C++ compiler on your system that is compatible with the C compiler that was used to compile your perl binary. It sets some additional compiler/linker options.

This is known to work on GCC (Linux, MacOS, Windows, and ?) as well as the MS VC toolchain. Patches to enable other compilers are very welcome.

Automatic dependencies

Module::Build::WithXSpp automatically adds several dependencies (on the currently running versions) to your distribution. You can disable this by setting auto_configure_requires => 0 in Build.PL.

These are at configure time: Module::Build, Module::Build::WithXSpp itself, and ExtUtils::CppGuess. Additionally there will be a build-time dependency on ExtUtils::XSpp.

You do not have to set these dependencies yourself unless you need to set the required versions manually.

Include files

Unfortunately, including the perl headers produces quite some pollution and redefinition of common symbols. Therefore, it may be necessary to include some of your headers before including the perl headers. Specifically, this is the case for MSVC compilers and the standard library headers.

Therefore, if you care about that platform in the least, you should use the early_includes option when creating a Module::Build::WithXSpp object to list headers to include before the perl headers. If such a supplied header file starts with a double quote, #include "..." is used, otherwise #include <...> is the default. Example:

  Module::Build::WithXSpp->new(
    early_includes => [qw(
      "mylocalheader.h"
      <mysystemheader.h>
    )]
  )

JUMP START FOR THE IMPATIENT ^

There are as many ways to start a new CPAN distribution as there are CPAN distributions. Choose your favourite (I just do h2xs -An My::Module), then apply a few changes to your setup:

SEE ALSO ^

Module::Build upon which this module is based.

ExtUtils::XSpp implements XS++. The ExtUtils::XSpp distribution contains an examples directory with a usage example of this module.

ExtUtils::Typemaps implements progammatic modification (merging) of C/XS typemaps. ExtUtils::Typemaps was renamed from ExtUtils::Typemap since the original name conflicted with the core typemap file on case-insensitive file systems.

ExtUtils::Typemaps::Default explains the concept of having typemaps shipped as modules.

ExtUtils::Typemaps::ObjectMap is such a typemap module and probably very useful for any XS++ module.

ExtUtils::Typemaps::STL::String implements simple typemapping for STL std::strings.

AUTHOR ^

Steffen Mueller <smueller@cpan.org>

With input and bug fixes from:

Mattia Barbon

Shmuel Fomberg

Florian Schlichting

COPYRIGHT AND LICENSE ^

Copyright 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013 Steffen Mueller.

This program is free software; you can redistribute it and/or modify it under the same terms as Perl itself.

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