[Cairo] another set of Python bindings

Maarten Breddels dmon at xs4all.nl
Thu Sep 11 10:30:51 PDT 2003

> I have put together some prototype Python bindings for Cairo. 
>  These are 
> not based on Maarten Breddels' bindings, which I didn't know 
> about when 
> I started mine.

Pycairo didn't show any result on google, so I assumed it didn't exist.

>     * cairo_status() is called to check the status of cairo_t
>       operations, and raise exceptions as appropriate.

Good idea :)

> If GTK were to support Cairo, it is quite likely that there would be 
> functions that return a cairo_t or cairo_surface_t, while not 
> transfering ownership.  In this case, it would be bad if the wrapper 
> destroyed the context or surface.  I could add a "don't free 
> this object 
> on destruction", but then we might run into a similar problem 
> where the 
> object context or surface gets destroyed unexpectedly.
> A reference count would be the most robust way to handle this, and 
> shouldn't be difficult to implement.

Also a good idea.

I don't mind giving up my project if you feel you can give maintain it
and think it does everything(or more) my binding does. I don't support
fonts in my binding, and only tried it out on Windows. But linux/unix
shouldn't be a problem thanks to SWIG. I hope I have some time this
weekend(just started at university) to check out your binding.

What is nice about SWIG is that making binding to other
scripts/languages is quite simple, Java, C#, Perl, Ruby, Tcl should be
possible.. I think :)


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