> There is already a dbus service API in ell. I wanted to keep it,
> wrapping the
> gdbus-like API within the existing functions. However that has proven
> to be
> impossible unless I would modify the existing API. Thus my
> conclusion: if I
> have to break the existing API, let's do it all. So I finnally got
> rid of the
> existing API.
I find table/macro based approach unreadable and that is why I did not
use the gdbus approach in ell. I'm actually quite happy with the
current API, it fits in with ell's design philosophy much better. If
someone wants to re-use the API from gdbus I'm good with that, but
please don't throw stuff out in the process.
Right now we are only focused on iwd, and this is our opportunity to
try new things. I wouldn't rush to try and replicate old ways of
I am fine with trying new things as long as we identify problems to get
fixed in the old way of doing things.
Readability is pretty subjective, I did not consider it. (I am ok with
the table/macro approach)
The good part with tables over function calls is that it does all at once.
Technically also, it uses less memory, does way less function calls,
probably less context switches etc...
That's also why I kept most of underlying implementation, since it
technically brings some nice stuff.
The other motivation was of course moving from gdbus to ell in existing
projects could be much harder if the API is that different.
> - When it's required to send an empty reply, it would be good
> a helper
> function I think, which wraps l_dbus_message_new_method_return() +
> l_dbus_message_set_arguments + l_dbus_send together (see patch 15 in
> function l_dbus_pending_property_success).
We probably need a simple wrapper for l_dbus_message_new_method_return
that takes varargs. Similar to l_dbus_message_new_error(). The send
step should probably not be combined in the ell API directly.
Better approach yes, will prepare a patch for it.