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Friday April 27, 2007
07:56 AM

[Perl 6 Microgrant] C++ Cleanup Adjustments

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The other night, I sent in a large patch to cleanup some additional implicit void pointer casts that C++ simply cannot live with. particle gave me a great idea on IRC, however, for cleaning up some of the redundancy of one set of cleanups with a macro. So, its time to re-patch with some additional cleanups for good measure. More on this patch later today.

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  • It looks like someone applied that patch. My next step was going to be to refactor and cleanup after the fact, so, I'll just add this to the list as well.

  • The perl5 source is a twisty impenetrable maze of macros. I know that macros can be jolly useful when used wisely, but do please be careful not to fall into the same trap!
    • Oh certainly, I don't plan on making Parrot more obfuscated than it already is ;-).

      The macros come in with trying to make Parrots guts easier to understand. malloc() is a typical sore spot. By definition, it returns void * pointers. That's fine, but it causes severe problems in comprehension when people have a function which happens to call malloc() return the void * without casting it to something else. My thoughts are on performing this cleanup by use of macros to avoid the parenthesis hell that usual