Comments requested on implementation of set_parse_func
I've implemented Twister, a new mutation testing tool to replace Heckle.
It relies on a new hook into the Ruby parser, in order to modify what the
parser thinks it has seen.
Although I have written C extensions before, there are some aspects of
the Ruby core which I'm unfamiliar with and as a result don't know the right
way to handle. I'd like your comments, suggestions and improvements
In particular, I'd like to know the following:
1) Do you prefer that I move the literal strings (which occur once each) to #defined?
2) Will this line of code mess up the GC, and how should I fix that?
3) The set_parse_func is extern though it should be static, but I need to move
the rb_define_global_function out of thread.c. Can someone please tell me where I should
move it to, since there is no Init_Parser?
4) I think I should change set_parse_func to accept a flags argument and a block,
instead of assuming all flags, and taking a Proc. What are the downsides of using a
block instead of a Proc (does this reduce the number of Bindings that get created)?
How do I change set_parse_func to use a block?
The initial implementation of Twister is an extension to RSpec which adds the option
"--twist file-or-dir". It's still a bit rough - it needs to change the reporting on the twisted
runs that follow the first (untwisted) run - but it does prove then concept.
Clifford Heath, Data Constellation, http://dataconstellation.com
Agile Information Management and Design.