[cairo] Re: cairomm API/ABI freeze?

Jonathon Jongsma jonathon.jongsma at gmail.com
Fri Aug 18 07:21:08 PDT 2006

On 8/16/06, Carl Worth <cworth at cworth.org> wrote:
> On Tue, 15 Aug 2006 21:29:41 -0500, "Jonathon Jongsma" wrote:
> > On 8/15/06, Jonathon Jongsma <jonathon.jongsma at gmail.com> wrote:
> > > On 8/15/06, Murray Cumming <murrayc at murrayc.com> wrote:
> > > > So, with gtkmm 2.9/2.10 hard code freeze approaching, is there anything
> > > > stopping cairomm from freezing API and ABI now?
> > > > http://live.gnome.org/TwoPointFifteen
> > > >
> > > > Are there any remaining problems, bugs or open questions with
> > > > cairomm?
> I'm curious what the decision was for the naming of the binding for
> cairo_new_sub_path?
> The cairo mailing list discussion I saw on this question only talked
> about rationale for deviating from cairo_new_path to
> cairo_clear_path. But I never saw what was proposed or accepted for
> cairo_new_sub_path.
> The name of cairo_new_sub_path was definitely chosen to parallel the
> name of cairo_new_path. But with the above deviation, you cannot have
> the same parallelism since cairo_clear_sub_path would be a totally
> incorrect name.
> I didn't state my opinion in the earlier thread, but I definitely
> don't like the idea of bindings changing the names of cairo functions.
> It makes things harder on the users of the bindings since they cannot
> take direct advantage of tutorials or advice that is not in their
> custom dialect. (The users are forced to either memorize and apply the
> name mapping transformation to the advice they read.) We've tried to
> make this reasoning clear in the Bindings Guide appendix of the cairo
> reference manual.

What about the following?

 - retains a pretty close mapping to the C cairo functions
 - retains an obvious parallellism between the two functions
 - prefix 'begin_' makes it clear that we're not using 'new' in the C++ sense

 - ?

Thoughts? opinions? alternate suggestions?

(Murray, I know you're probably on vacation, but if you get this I'd
appreciate your opinion as well)


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