[fpc-pascal] Best way to transfer data between applications?

ik idokan at gmail.com
Mon Oct 29 10:00:22 CET 2012

On Mon, Oct 29, 2012 at 5:52 AM, 印場 乃亜 <shiruba at galapagossoftware.com> wrote:
> Greetings,
> I am familiar with the basic underlying methods available for transferring data between processes on Windows and Unix, i.e. Pipes, Shared memory, and TCP/IP - but what I am not familiar with is any higher level functionality that may be available on FPC.
> As an example:  I have one application with a daemon that uses the IPC component to write to a file in CSV format, and then the user application reads this (GPS location) data via IPC.  Then I have to re-convert this string data into a series of floating point values manually, though.  The IPC component doesn't seem to be reliable on all platforms either (it sometimes blocks on OS X, and at least the debug client doesn't seem to work at all on Windows 7).
> Another disadvantage is that the sequence of launching the applications matters, and what's more, it seems there can only be one "client" per "server" in many cases.
> More to the point, if I want to pass around structures, records, etc.between processes - what is the best day?  For example, Javascript uses JSON.  I know there are JSON libraries and various other libraries for Pascal - but I don't know what is the most standard way.  (I think this kind of marshalling/unmarshalling may be more standard in Java and C#, but I don't know the "normal" way in Delphi/FPC).
> I would prefer to use built-in functionality, rather than learn yet another library - and if learning a library, I would prefer to use one with lots of users that is actively maintained.  Likewise, I would prefer to actually "pass" the data, rather than just pass a pointer to it.  I plan to have the processes run on the same machine, so I don't need a solution that works with networking, though that would be fine, of course.
> Along the same lines, a convenient way to call functions/procedures with parameters from the "other" process would be greatly appreciated.  (i.e. something like RPC that handles OOP).

I'm writing at the moment support for msgpack (http://msgpack.org/) in
plain FPC (object pascal style):

I will also implement the rpc version.

MsgPack allow you to take data, including JSON and convert it into
bytes that represent the data.
It contain smaller version of the same way that JSON does it for example.

> Thank you,
>      Noah Silva
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