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From: Robert Ramey (ramey_at_[hidden])
Date: 2002-12-17 11:52:02

A very interesting post.

I also believe it is interesting to consider whether it is valuable
to make a system of reflection for C++. I'm not sure whether
it is or not - but it is interesting non the less. In particular we
would be interested in compile-time reflection as well as
runtime reflection. I found the links on your subject interesting.

>Second, in terms of Serialization, I'm willing to create a portable,
>efficient binary archiver based on CDR (the format used by CORBA). Since
>I'm lazy, I will probably steal most of the code from ACE/TAO
>( Note that CDR has minimal
>overhead (eg: it has variable byte-ordering, so byte swapping may not be
>necessary). If there's interest, let me know.

There was much interest in implementing XDR. I believe that initially
it proceeded rapidly but bogged down because it depended on the
existence of some code shipped only with unix. Ultimately, implemenation
of a portable binary stream, requires specific coding for each machine
architecture. This makes the task larger than it first appears.

Robert Ramey

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