Re: Call for volunteers for C/C++ API liaison manager

Stephane Bortzmeyer <bortzmeyer@nic.fr> Fri, 02 May 2014 07:32 UTC

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Date: Fri, 2 May 2014 09:32:00 +0200
From: Stephane Bortzmeyer <bortzmeyer@nic.fr>
To: Hector Santos <hsantos@isdg.net>
Subject: Re: Call for volunteers for C/C++ API liaison manager
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On Wed, Apr 30, 2014 at 11:05:35PM -0400,
 Hector Santos <hsantos@isdg.net> wrote 
 a message of 25 lines which said:

> Its a difficult task to manage a multiple language API for examples
> of IETF protocols.  But it can be done.

I'm highly skeptical. For me, an API is always language-specific
because programming langauges are simply too different (typical
examples: parallel languages where concurrency is built-in
vs. programming languages where you need asynchronicity and callbacks,
programming languages with exceptions vs. programming languages with
return codes,etc).

In my experience, so called "high-level" API are not high-level at
all, they always assume a specific programming style, typically the
one of the language the author prefers.