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How I learnt to stop worrying and love Boost.Python


The Zen of Python dictates that there should be one - and preferably only one - obvious way to do something. However, when it comes to interoperation with C and C++, there is a multitude of options: the Python C API, Boost.Python, ctypes, cffi, Cython. I will describe my quest to find the holy grailWW right interface for a high-performance networking library.

The talk is largely a case study in applying Boost.Python, and will look at some issues such as the Global Interpreter Lock, handling KeyboardInterrupt cleanly, and managing object lifetime. I will briefly mention some of the alternative tools to explain why I settled on Boost.Python. It is not a complete Boost.Python tutorial, but rather aims to give a sense of the flavour and show how it's used in a real application.

For obvious reasons, this talk will have a lot of C++ code in it, and some familiarity with C++ will be useful.


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