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Re: creating scheme class instance inside a C++ extension

At Fri, 12 Apr 2002 12:37:46 -0700 (PDT), Ron Stanonik wrote:
> From inside a C++ extension, how do I make an instance of a scheme class?

The answer depends on whether you mean a class that has been extended
from Scheme, or a "primtive" class like `tree%' in the MzScheme

In the former case, it's essentially the same as in Scheme. The
extension will need to get `make-object' from the "class.ss" library,
get the class value, and them combined them (with initialization
arguments) using _scheme_apply().

In the latter case, you can instantiate the underlying C++ class and
then do something like MarshallTree() in the tree.cxx example.

> One solution might be to pass an event instance when registering
> the callback.  When an event occurred the extension would fill in
> the instance and return it.  For example
>   (define event (make-object padevent%))
>   (send rect bind "<Enter>" callback event)
> Would that work?  Call by reference?

I'd advise against mutating event records this way, because there are
so many situations where you want re-entrant event handlers.

> Also, how do I access a class's fields from within an extension?
> The class is really a struct and the C API includes functions ref
> and set.  So, I'd need to figure out the relationship between field
> names and fields indexes?

Here again, I recommend doing essentially the same thing as in Scheme:
get a field accessor via `class-field-accessor' and use it on an object
with _scheme_apply().