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  • Have you read the perlxstut manpage, new in 5.8.0 ? Is it clearer than the older docs ?
    • Err, no. In fact I haven't read that! I made myself acquainted with XS using the perlxstut from 5.6.1. I didn't know there was a new one.

      It seems to have one more example. Incidentally it's one dealing with filehandles which is what I will need very soon. That's certainly an improvement!

      But the Typemap section is still too thin. It still does not mention the special symbols $var, $arg and $type. I'd love to be able to say perldoc perltypemap and get a concise description of what a typemap file is really f
      • I must've been confused at some point. Perlxstut has only some minor improvements in 5.8.0. That tired brain... (BTW. you know that patches are welcome. A perltypemap man page would be interesting. ;-)
        • (BTW. you know that patches are welcome. A perltypemap man page would be interesting. ;-)

          It was only yesterday that I had my first succesful use of a typemap (which was actually copied from Dean Roehrich). A little too thin yet for supplying documentation. ;-)

          But I am not at all lazy when it comes to Perl and I'll be the first one to write such a beast if I feel ready. I expect to gain some familiarity with all that soon. Also, when looking at the typemaps available I see a slightly different subset of macros and functions from the perlapi to the ones I have used so far (just this morning I realized that I had no idea how to turn a glob-ref into a PerlIO thing; now I know [btw: sv_2io is unmentioned in perlapi]).

          Therefore I am quite confident that the typemap experience will close some gaps I am still suffering from.