[Spice_discussion] Creation of a Ruby Wrapper for C SPICE underSciRuby

Barry Carter spice_discuss at barrycarter.info
Sat May 14 10:28:51 PDT 2016

Are you familiar with http://lunaserv.lroc.asu.edu/naif-spice.html, have you 
written any code so far, and will you be using SWIG http://www.swig.org/ ?

On Sat, 14 May 2016, Gaurav Tamba wrote:

> Date: Sat, 14 May 2016 10:22:30 +0530
> From: Gaurav Tamba <gaurav.tamba at gmail.com>
> To: spice_discussion at naif.jpl.nasa.gov
> Subject: [Spice_discussion] Creation of a Ruby Wrapper for C SPICE under
>     SciRuby
> Hello Everyone,
> I hope you're all doing great. I'm an undergraduate engineering student
> from India and I'm working on a project this summer for Google Summer of
> Code where I'll be making a wrapper interface for the C SPICE library in
> Ruby mentored by SciRuby (Formally, the project is listed here
> <https://summerofcode.withgoogle.com/projects/#5642148519084032>)
> One of my main goals for this project besides just making a working wrapper
> in Ruby that ports the API, is to create an additional abstracted ruby-like
> API  (the obvious bit is to make a simpler API, but another task is
> grouping multiple related functions into one function call for commonly
> compounded tasks) and to make the use of SPICE a better experience for one
> not so comfortable in C or FORTRAN.
> I unfortunately have very little experience with the SPICE toolkit and am
> primarily referring to this list here
> <https://naif.jpl.nasa.gov/pub/naif/toolkit_docs/C/info/mostused.html> for
> prioritizing which functions to port first. (Since the actual SPICE library
> API is really large, it may not be possible to port more than a subset of
> these features in the summer coding period, but I have no intention to stop
> after that period is over either)
> I'd be immensely obliged if anyone could share their most frequent use
> cases with SPICE. This would help the most in the completion of the project.
> I realize I've been vague about the specifics so please feel free to ask me
> any specific ruby/non-ruby doubts about the wrapper.
> Best Regards,
> Gaurav

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