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Subject: Re: [boost] Compile time reflection for IPC using
From: Hartmut Kaiser (hartmut.kaiser_at_[hidden])
Date: 2014-01-19 12:31:00

> Do you now about one approach (for two compilers (gcc 3.7, and MSVC
> (last)) emulate compile time reflection with difference scope?
> Like
> struct some {
> META_STRUCT(some);
> FLD(int, a);
> FLD(int, b);
> METH(int, call_0, (int, a));
> METH(int, call_1, (int, b));
> };
> void in()
> {
> typedef hl::reflection_extract<some>::field_accessors acc;
> some s;
> s.*hl::at<acc, a_accessor>::get() = 5; }
> We can see here And you can try to
> compile this attached demo
> Use __J_ACTIVE define to see as reflection worked in json oriented part
> of project. For which you should install json. Without this you can see
> ability take meta information by query.
> But global goal I think we understanding Our backend can be something
> else. Like client server , data base oriented structures in which we can
> use by SQL like C++ syntax
> We can make (and I made it )
> database like structures
> struct human_tables {
> TABLE(names)
> {
> fields((int) index, (std::string) name, .... );
> };
> TABLE(country) { fields((names_table::index) name, ... ); };
> TABLE(human)
> {
> indexes(names_table::index_field);
> fields((names_table::index_field) name, (country_table::index)
> country...);
> };
> };

I think that CT reflection is a feature too low level to be exposed to users
if you want to implement IPC or RPC. And your proposed syntax supports this
claim as it is way too cumbersome for this purpose. However, it certainly is
desirable to have something like CT reflection at your tool belt in order to
implement IPC/RPC.

I'd rather would like to see a functional interface which allows to invoke a
function remotely in the same way as you'd invoke it locally. For instance:

int func() { return 42; }

REGISTER_FUNCTION(func); // defines func_type

The type defined by the macro ('func_type') is a (very lightweight, no
members) callable type, which can be used to invoke the remote function:

Synchronous invocation:

    func_type func_impl;
    cout << func_impl(target); // 'target' is some means to identify the
remote process

Asynchronous invocation:

    future<int> f = async(func_impl, target);
    // do other things
    cout << f.get(); // prints '42'

Similar things can be done for member functions and variables (global and
member data).

If you'd like to see this in action, this scheme is implemented by HPX

Regards Hartmut

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