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General questions about embedding Python.


I am currently studying how to embedd python. I am developing a
graphical C++ application. My goal is to embedd python script that will
control some kind of animation.
I have some questions about python embedding:

1) Is there a good text book or other resource on embedding/extending?
(I find it hard to learn only by the tutorial and C/Python API from the
python.org site)

2) I have found that there are many ways to embedd a script:
PyEvel_EvalCode ()
PyRun_SimpleFil e()
PyObject_CallOb ject()
What are the cons and pros of using each of them?

3) Is there a problem with the PyRun_SimpleFil e(). I am trying to run
the following code:

const char *SCRIPT_NAME = "C:\\test_scrip t.py";

int _tmain(int argc, _TCHAR* argv[])
Py_Initialize() ;

FILE *script_file;
script_file = fopen(SCRIPT_NA ME, "r");

if (script_file != NULL)
PyRun_SimpleFil e(script_file, SCRIPT_NAME);

return 0;

The python script has only one line: 'print "hello"'

I build it with Python2.3 libraries. When I try to run the code I get
access violation.

4) What is the correct way to handle/catch python exceptions in the
embedding Python code?

Forgive me if I have asked too many questions in one eMail, it is
becuase I don't really know where to start learning this subject from.


Jul 21 '05 #1
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"amit" <am**@digitalpe ers.com> wrote:

I am currently studying how to embedd python. I am developing a
graphical C++ application. My goal is to embedd python script that will
control some kind of animation.
I have some questions about python embedding:

Others will probably answer your specific questions, but I will ask you
another first: Why do you (think you) need to embed python in the first
place, as opposed to wrapping the low-level performance critical C++
animation code (through SWIG, Boost, or SIP or even use Pyrex), and
have python on top ? I know very little about embedding python other
than it is not considered a pleasant experience, so make sure you look
into the alternatives and have very good reasons if you decide to go
down this route.


Jul 21 '05 #2

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