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README Changelog and version bump Feb 10, 2013


    ExtUtils::XSpp - XS for C++

      xspp [--typemap=typemap.xsp [--typemap=typemap2.xsp]]
           [--xsubpp[=/path/to/xsubpp] [--xsubpp-args="xsubpp args"]


      perl -MExtUtils::XSpp::Cmd -e xspp -- <xspp options and arguments>

    In Foo.xs

      INCLUDE_COMMAND: $^X -MExtUtils::XSpp::Cmd -e xspp -- <xspp options/arguments>

    Using "ExtUtils::XSpp::Cmd" is equivalent to using the "xspp" command
    line script, except that there is no guarantee for "xspp" to be
    installed in the system PATH.

    XS++ is just a thin layer over plain XS, hence to use it you are
    supposed to know, at the very least, C++ and XS.

    This means that you will need typemaps for both the normal XS
    pre-processor *xsubpp* and the XS++ pre-processor *xspp*.

    Can be specified multiple times to process additional typemap files
    before the main XS++ input files. Typemap files are processed the same
    way as regular XS++ files, except that output code is discarded.

    If specified, XS++ will run xsubpp after processing the XS++ input file.
    If the path to xsubpp is not specified, xspp expects to find it in the
    system PATH.

  "--xsubpp-args="extra xsubpp args""
    Can be used to pass additional command line arguments to xsubpp.

    There is nothing special about typemap files (i.e. you can put typemaps
    directly in your .xsp file), but it is handy to have common typemaps in
    a separate file, to avoid duplication.

      %typemap{<C++ type>}{simple};

    Just let XS++ know that this is a valid type, the type will be passed
    unchanged to XS code except that any "const" qualifiers will be

      %typemap{<C++ reference type>}{reference};

    Handle C++ references: the XS variable will be declared as a pointer,
    and it will be explicitly dereferenced in the function call. If it is
    used in the return value, the function will create copy of the returned
    value using a copy constructor.

    As a shortcut for the common case of declaring both of the above for a
    given type, you may use

      %typemap{<C++ type>};

    Which has the same effect as:

      %typemap{<C++ type>}{simple};
      %typemap{<C++ type>&}{reference};

    For more control over the type mapping, you can use the "parsed" variant
    as follows.

      %typemap{<C++ type 1>}{parsed}{%<C++ type 2>%};

    When "C++ type 1" is used, replace it with "C++ type 2" in the generated
    XS code.

      %typemap{<C++ type>}{parsed}{
          %cpp_type{%<C++ type 2>%};
          %call_function_code{% $CVar = new Foo( $Call ) %};
          %cleanup_code{% ... %};
          %precall_code{% ... %};

          # use only one of the following
          %output_code{% $PerlVar = newSViv( $CVar ) %};
          %output_list{% PUTBACK; XPUSHi( $CVar ); SPAGAIN %};

    Is a more flexible form for the "parsed" typemap. All the parameters are

        Specifies the C++ type used for the variable declaration in the
        generated XS code.

        If not specified defaults to the type specified in the typemap.

        Used when the typemap applies to the return value of the function.

        Specifies the code to use in the function call. The special
        variables $Call and $CVar are replaced with the actual call code and
        the name of the C++ return variable.

        Used when the typemap applies to the return value of the function.
        See also %output_list.

        Specifies the code emitted right after the function call to convert
        the C++ return value into a Perl return value. The special variable
        $CVar is replaced with the C++ return variable name.

        Used when the typemap applies to the return value of the function.

        Specifies some code emitted after output value processing. The
        special variables $PerlVar and $CVar are replaced with the names of
        the C++ variables containing the Perl scalar and the corresponding
        C++ value.

        Used when the typemap applies to a parameter.

        Specifies some code emitted after argument processing and before
        calling the C++ method. The special variables $PerlVar and $CVar are
        replaced with the names of the C++ variables containing the Perl
        scalar and the corresponding C++ value.

        Used when the typemap applies to the return value of the function,
        as an alternative to %output_code.

        Specifies some code that manipulates the Perl stack directly in
        order to return a list. The special variable $CVar is replaced with
        the C++ name of the output variable.

        The code must use PUTBACK/SPAGAIN if appropriate.

    Anything that does not look like a XS++ directive or a class declaration
    is passed verbatim to XS. If you want XS++ to ignore code that looks
    like a XS++ directive or class declaration, simply surround it with a
    raw block delimiter like this:

      XS++ won't interpret this

    See under Classes. Note that custom %code blocks are the only exception
    to the exception handling. By specifying a custom %code block, you forgo
    the automatic exception handlers.


    By default XS++ output goes to standard output; to change this, use the
    %file directive; use "-" for standard output.


    Will be used to generate the "MODULE=Module::Name" XS directives. It
    indirectly sets the name of the shared library that is generated as well
    as the name of the module via which XSLoader will be able to find/load

      %name{Perl::Class} class MyClass { ... };
      %name{Perl::Func} int foo();

    Specifies the Perl name under which the C++ class/function will be
    accessible. By default, constructor names are mapped to "new" in Perl.

    See TYPEMAPS above.

    When you need to pass a string from Perl to an XSUB that takes the C
    string and its length as arguments, you may have XS++ pass the length of
    the string automatically. For example, if you declare a method as

      void PrintLine( char* line, unsigned int %length{line} );

    you can call the method from Perl like this:

      $object->PrintLine( $string );

    This feature is also present in plain XS. See also: perlxs.

    If you use "%length(line)" in conjunction with any kind of special code
    block such as %code, %postcall, etc., then you can refer to the length
    of the string (here: "line") *efficiently* as "length(line)" in the

    Decorator for function/method declarations such as

      double add(double a, double b)
        %alias{subtract = 1} %alias{multiply = 2};

    Which will cause the generation of just a single XSUB using the XS
    "ALIAS" feature (see perlxs). It will be installed as all of "add",
    "subtract", and "multiply" on the Perl side and call either the C++
    "add", "subtract", or "multiply" functions depending on which way it was

    Notes: If used in conjunction with %name{foo} to rename the function,
    then the %name will only affect the main function name (in the above
    example, "add" but not "subtract" or "multiply"). When used with the
    %code feature, the custom code will have to use the "ix" integer
    variable to decide which function to call. "ix" is set to 0 for the main
    function. Make sure to read up on the ALIAS feature of plain XS.
    Aliasing is not supported for constructors and destructors.

      %name{My::Class} class MyClass : public %name{My::Base} MyBase
          // can be called in Perl as My::Class->new( ... );
          MyClass( int arg );
          // My::Class->newMyClass( ... );
          %name{newMyClass} MyClass( const char* str, int arg );
          // standard DESTROY method
          int GetInt();
          void SetValue( int arg = -1 );
          %name{SetString} void SetValue( const char* string = NULL );
          // Supply a C<CODE:> or C<CLEANUP:> block for the XS
          int MyMethod( int a, int b )
              %code{% RETVAL = a + b; %}
              %cleanup{% /* do something */ %};
          // Expose class method as My::ClassMethod::ClassMethod($foo)
          static void ClassMethod( double foo );

    XS++ recognizes both C-style comments "/* ... */" and C++-style comments
    "// ...". Comments are removed from the XS output.

    C++ Exceptions are always caught and transformed to Perl "croak()"
    calls. If the exception that was caught inherited from "std::exception",
    then the "what()" message is included in the Perl-level error message.
    All other exceptions will result in the "croak()" message "Caught
    unhandled C++ exception of unknown type".

    Note that if you supply a custom %code block for a function or method,
    the automatic exception handling is turned off.

    The distribution contains an examples directory. The
    examples/XSpp-Example directory therein demonstrates a particularly
    simple way of getting started with XS++.

    Mattia Barbon <>

    This program is free software; you can redistribute it and/or modify it
    under the same terms as Perl itself.