simplified C API call in MathLink
- To: mathgroup at smc.vnet.net
- Subject: [mg55908] simplified C API call in MathLink
- From: Edward Peschko <esp5 at pge.com>
- Date: Sat, 9 Apr 2005 03:56:29 -0400 (EDT)
- Sender: owner-wri-mathgroup at wolfram.com
I was wondering if Wolfram Research had plans for a simpler API for mathlink.
What I'm envisioning is something like:
void *ans = math_ematic("CForm[Integrate[x^2, x]]");
where you could enter 'free form' math expressions, exactly as you would
under running Mathematica itslef, and MathLink would return back the char
string "Power(x,3)/3" as a result.
Error handling could be done perror style, or perhaps the error could be
passed back as a structure:
or somesuch, gained by refactoring the code that is used to produce the 'math'
executable itself, and abstracting out the I/O associated with that program
and turning it into a function call.
I think something like this would be invaluable for integrating mathematica into
scripting languages, big and small, since C is everywhere, and every scripting
language worth its salt has the means of embedding c programs. I've looked at
Math::ematica (perl5), and the Python bindings for mathematica (python), and they
both suffer from needing to mirror the C-API which is optimized for speed
rather than for flexibility.
Making a generic, 'meta-method' for passing any expression to the math kernel and
getting a response back seems to me to be a vast timesaver. You could optimize for
flexibility first, and then when the need for optimization arises, you could convert
from the slower metamethod into raw C code for speed.
Any thoughts on this would be greatly appreciated, especially thoughts from
mathematica developers. I'd do it myself, if I had access to the code that was
compiled to make 'math.exe'... ;-)
ps - thanks much for this mailing list. I just stumbled across it, and it looks
like its going to be invaluable going forward. Is it available in digest mode?
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