I've created a binding for an LZW library

solidstate1991 laszloszeremi at outlook.com
Sun Oct 27 23:47:50 UTC 2019

On Sunday, 27 October 2019 at 16:19:58 UTC, Andre Pany wrote:
> That is really great.
> Side question, did you considered to rewrite a C library (e.g. 
> https://github.com/vapier/liblzw) to D?
> Kind regards
> Andre

Probably it would be easier than the times I tried to rewrite 
much more complex C++ libraries/apps to D, however I thought it 
would be sufficient enough to just write a binding for a library.

liblzw's biggest issue was that
a) It's output only.
b) It directly accesses files, which makes buffer reads and 
writes impossible to the point you have to pass the file path to 
a function. Using temp files would probably solve this problem, 
but it's extremely kludgy when you could just use memory buffers. 
Not to mention the wear on modern SSDs.

One of my plans was to port ncompress to D as a library with 
memory buffer reads/writes enabled, but before that I asked 
around and found libncompress, which is that for C. MAybe I'll 
add some higher level API for it in the fashion of std.zlib, only 
more stable.

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