[Monetdb-developers] Information request

luca paganotti luca.paganotti at gmail.com
Sun Nov 20 09:50:31 CET 2011

On Sun, Nov 20, 2011 at 5:19 AM, Fabian Groffen <Fabian.Groffen at cwi.nl>wrote:

> On 19-11-2011 22:12:09 +0100, luca paganotti wrote:
> > Was not my intention to use a a dbms as a c library. My interest in the C
> > API is only from an application perspective. I can make you a couple
> > examples: 1) let's say I want to write a unix daemon that searches the
> web
> > for METAR files. Whenever it finds a new file the daemon parses it and
> then
> > stores structured info in a dbms. It's very likely that this daemon will
> be
> > written in C, or at least I would make it this way. The C API can make me
> > connect to a db and then to use any kind of SQL statement as I need it.
> > 2) If I would write the bindings for a language not currently supported
> by
> > monetdb like eiffel the best way is to have a C API.
> We prefer bindings to be written in the language itself, as much as
> possible.  I'm almost sure wrapping the MAPI C-API in Eiffel will result
> in something foreign to the language (if you can figure out pre and post
> conditions anyway).

Hi Fabian,

the intermediate results of an eiffel system build are c source files, then
to have the final results you use a C compiler, I don't see any language

Best regards.

> Perhaps you better look at the Python, Perl, PHP, Ruby and JDBC bindings
> instead, since they all implement the MAPI wire protocol in the language
> of the binding itself.
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