[DBD-SQLite] might Alien::Base be useful to DBD::SQLite development?

kenichi ishigaki kishigaki at gmail.com
Sat May 11 05:20:15 GMT 2013

2013/5/11 Darren Duncan <darren at darrenduncan.net>:
> I remember, a few years ago around when this mailing list started, there was
> some discussion about that one way to help make DBD::SQLite development
> easier was to make use of something called "alien", a project to help use C
> libraries from Perl without having to explicitly code XS or wrappers to do
> so, and maybe pull it from the internet too, or something like that.

No, Alien::* is not about coding. It's about locating (and building if
not available) external C libraries/header files and gathering
information for configuration. You still need to write XS code.

As for DBD::SQLite, the SQLite3 source is bundled in the distribution,
and thus, Alien is not necessary (we don't need to locate the stuff),
unless you'd like to use different versions of SQLite from the bundled
one, and we have disabled that option intentionally in the Makefile.PL
for several reasons.

- K

> I see now that this project may have been realized to the point that we can
> try using it for DBD::SQLite at least experimentally:
> http://blogs.perl.org/users/joel_berger/2013/05/alienbase-final-report.html
> So if there are any interested parties, there's something for you to play
> with.
> -- Darren Duncan
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