[vtk-developers] VTK coding conventions clarification
david.lonie at kitware.com
Tue Mar 18 11:38:56 EDT 2014
On Tue, Mar 18, 2014 at 11:33 AM, Berk Geveci <berk.geveci at kitware.com>wrote:
> Not an answer to your question but a concern. Did you verify that
> public methods that use std::string are wrapped properly in all
> languages that we support? If not, you will have provide public
> methods that use char* in addition. Or add support for std::string to
> all wrapper generators. I suspect that Python works but I don't know
> about others.
I have not, I assumed that the rule in the guidelines implies that they are
supported. I can test this out if we decide to keep std::strings around in
Does anyone who works on the wrappings know off the top of their heads?
> On Tue, Mar 18, 2014 at 11:09 AM, David Lonie <david.lonie at kitware.com>
> > Hi list,
> > Referring to the document here:
> > http://public.kitware.com/Wiki/VTK_Coding_Standards
> > there are two conventions that appear to be in conflict:
> > 27. STL usage is disallowed in the Common modules' public API, and should
> > only be used in implementation files there. The other modules may use
> > but should do so only when necessary if there is not an appropriate VTK
> > class. Care should be taken when using the STL in public API, especially
> > the context of what can be wrapped.
> > Rationale: limits header inclusion bloat, wrappers are not capable of
> > handling many non-vtkObject derived classes.
> > and
> > 36. Do not use vtkStdString in new API; prefer std::string.
> > Rationale: vtkStdString was introduced as a workaround for compilers that
> > couldn't handle the long symbol name for the expanded std::string type.
> > is no longer needed on modern platforms.
> > I've added some new API that uses std::string to set some character
> > attributes, but vtkSetMacro and friends all try to pass the value to the
> > debug stream, which uses the vtkOStreamWrapper from Common/Core. Since
> > compilers and standard library implementation have matured since many of
> > these rules were put in place, I wonder if it may be time to relax some
> > these restrictions?
> > To specifically address my issue of having new API using std::string that
> > can't be used with the VTK macros, I see a few different solutions:
> > 1) Don't use the macros. This doesn't really address the issue, but will
> > us avoid it for a while.
> > 2) Use the vtkSetStringMacro etc that operate char* member variables. The
> > explicit memory handling of this approach is annoying, and it's nice to
> > able to use non-C-array string representations that clean up after
> > themselves, copy/compare as objects, etc.
> > 3) Remove rule #27 and allow STL containers everywhere, or at least make
> > exception for std::string if it is to be our preferred string class.
> > 4) Remove rule #36 and make vtkStdString the defacto string class for the
> > VTK library.
> > Any insight would be appreciated :-)
> > Dave
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