Does Ruby have an equivalent to Python's ctypes?

Discussion in 'Ruby' started by Shadowfirebird, Nov 10, 2010.

    Shadowfirebird, Nov 10, 2010
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  2. From the description I found of ctypes, I think ffi
    <> would be close. Perhaps if you give us
    more information about what you want to do, we can give you more
    specific recommendations.
    Eric Christopherson, Nov 10, 2010
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    Ammar Ali Guest

    Ammar Ali, Nov 10, 2010
  4. Daniel Berger, Nov 11, 2010
  5. Shadowfirebird

    Ammar Ali Guest

    Given how easy it is to implement this type functionality in pure
    ruby, do you really want the added dependency? Especially on a gem
    that's still in beat, hasn't been touched since 2005, and requires a
    compiler (sure, no big deal, but character types are not worth all
    that ceremony). I stumbled across this gem when I was searching for
    ctype functionality ( and
    decided that it wasn't worth it.

    If you need the methods to be callable on Strings, it's easy to do so.
    Also, if you want the functionality to handle Unicode characters,
    doing it in pure ruby, using regular expressions, is much easier.

    Ammar Ali, Nov 11, 2010
    Shadowfirebird, Nov 11, 2010
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