Node bindings to libgirepository
Pull request Compare This branch is 238 commits behind creationix:master.
Fetching latest commit…
Cannot retrieve the latest commit at this time.
Permalink
Failed to load latest commit information.
src
README.markdown
gir.js
package.json
wscript

README.markdown

node-gir

Node-gir is node bindings to the girepository library making it possible to make automatic and dynamic calls to any library that has GI annotations installed.

This will make it possible to script a gnome desktop system entirely from node much in the way it's done today with Seed, GJS or pygtk.

Arcitecture

The following graph shows all the parts and how they work together. The only missing part is node bindings to libgirepository. Hence this project.

BUILD TIME:

          +-----------------------------------------------------------+
          |   foo.c                                                   |
          |   foo.h                                                   |
          |                                                           |
          | Library sources, with type annotations                    |
          +-----------------------------------------------------------+
              |                                      |
             gcc                                 g-ir-scanner
              |                                      |
              |                                      V
              |                              +------------------------+
              |                              |    Foo.gir             |
              |                              |                        |
              |                              |    <GI-name>.gir       |
              |                              |                        |
              |                              | XML file               |
              |                              |                        |
              |                              | Invocation information |
              |                              | Required .gir files    |
              |                              | API docs               |
              |                              |                        |
              |                              +------------------------+
              |                                          |
              |                                     g-ir-compiler
              |                                          |
  DEPLOYMENT TIME:                                       |
              |                                          |
              V                                          V
        +-----------------------------+      +---------------------------+
        |   libfoo.so                 |      |    Foo.typelib            |
        |                             |      |                           |
        |                             |      | Binary version of the     |
        |  ELF file                   |      | invocation info and       |
        |                             |      | required .typelib files   |
        |  Machine code, plus         |      +---------------------------+
        | dynamic linkage information |                  A
        | (DWARF debug data, etc)     |                  |
        +-----------------------------+                  |
                     A                                   |
                     |                       +---------------------------+
                     |                       |  libgirepository.so       |
                +-----------+                |                           |
                | libffi.so |                |  Can read typelibs and    |
                |           |                |  present them in a        |
                +-----------+                |  libffi-based way         |
                     A                       |                           |
                     |                       +---------------------------+
                     |                                  A
                     |                                  |
                     |                          +------------+
                     +--------------------------|  node-gir  |
                                                |            |
                                     +--------->+------------+
                                     |
                           +------------------+
                           |      NodeJS      |
                           +------------------+

Why not use Seed or GJS

Because they are nice, but not what I'm looking for. Node is really popular and it would be nice to be able to use it for desktop tools and applications.

Implementation Notes

Here are some links and notes as I try to figure out how to do this.

API Ideas

Some of these ideas will go in this binding and some will go in nice wrappers that use it. I'll know more as we progress.

  • Use camelCase for methods that are bound to look JavaScripty.
  • Use .on(name, callback) to attach signals.
  • Keep the same constructor style used by Seed and GJS
  • Make the module system as node-like as possible.