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Re: Rewriting (part of) gnunet in another programming language (Was: Re:

From: Christian Grothoff
Subject: Re: Rewriting (part of) gnunet in another programming language (Was: Re: Debian 10 build warnings, wiki enhancements, Questions)
Date: Thu, 12 Dec 2019 21:40:36 +0100
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On 12/12/19 9:37 PM, Jacky Alcine wrote:
> On Thursday, December 12, 2019 12:24:21 PM PST Amirouche Boubekki wrote:
>>> Having a re-implementation of libgnunetutil in Rust would be a good
>>> start.  The recent crypto changes might facilitate this, as they were
>>> done to make the re-implementation of libgnunetutil's crypto in Go
>>> easier, and hence should also facilitate the same for a Rust library.
>> libgnunetutil correspond to the following header:
> Re-implementation wouldn't be necessary (at least not heavily). FFI is a 
> thing 
> in Rust and it can resolve the symbols from C into Rust very simply!

Well, you might want to at least specify the types properly. Also, I
think some parts one would want to re-write to make them more idiomatic
to the target language. And finally, if you want to see the safety
benefits from Rust, you want to probably not like 50k LOC from C into 2k
LOC of Rust.  But you are of course right that one does not _have_ to
re-implement anything.

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