[futurebasic] Re: [FB] My FB future...

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From: Derek Smith <dereksmi@...>
Date: Sun, 29 Aug 1999 01:07:26 -1000
On Sat, 28 Aug 1999, aeblack wrote:

> 1.  Is there ANY way to call the functions in the C libraries from FB?  I
> know this issue has been tossed around many times, but I just haven't been
> able to figure out the answer to my scenario.

Not the precompiled C libraries, no.

> 2.  For example, can the C libraries be compiled by CodeWarrior as 'shared
> libraries' and then accessed by FB?  If so, what is the technique?

FB^3 yes, seamlessly.  FB2 yes, with a lot of work that sucks.

> 3.  The libraries are 500k to 800k in size each.  Is this an issue?


> 4.  Are any of these issues affected by the release of FB3?

Ohhhhhh yes.  FB^3 has real support for Shared Libraries, FB2 has to use
the CFM-68k and it is more work than maintaining the C libraries.  You
will have to hand code every single glue routine to access the C function.
No good.

> I have always depended on the generosity of the users of this list to guide
> my FB programming.  I have no previous coding experience and learned how to
> program on the old AOL BBS with the help of Frank Turovich, Staz and all of
> you.  I write this to simple say 'Thank You' and that it is my sincere hope
> that I can find a way to remain an FB developer.

If you can manage to wait for FB^3 to ship (very very soon) then you can
use the functions as Shared Libraries and problem solved.  FB2 using the
CFM is more work than you want to be doing.