[Xapian-devel] Summer of Code help

Anish Kanchan anishgkanchan at gmail.com
Mon Feb 24 21:15:28 GMT 2014

Hello Olly,

I read about Xapian and SWIG and the bindings that Xapian has with other
According to what I've read, I understand that

Xapian is a search engine library written in C/C++. It can be
integrated with web applications which handle large amount of data.
But since the web applications may be written in a variety of languages a
binding is required for the web app to be able to connect to the xapian
software. And SWIG plays a role in generating intermediate code for the web
app to link with the bindings.

I'd like to know if what I've understood is correct.

Thanks and Regards,
Anish Kanchan
Student, University of Mumbai

On Sun, Feb 23, 2014 at 11:50 AM, Olly Betts <olly at survex.com> wrote:

> Hi Anish,
> On Sat, Feb 22, 2014 at 05:47:44PM +0530, Anish Kanchan wrote:
> > I wish to participate in the Google Summer of Code program. I good at
> Java,
> > PHP and C++. I went through all the projects and I feel that the skills
> > required for Bindings Improvement project closely match mine.
> >
> > I would like to solve any existing bugs in this project if they exist.
> This is an issue with the java bindings (on trunk) which shouldn't be
> complex to solve:
> http://trac.xapian.org/ticket/616
> If you've not used SWIG before, that would be a relatively gentle
> introduction to it.
> > Also, could you please tell me which other areas I'll have to do research
> > on in order to be fit to implement this project. This would then enable
> me
> > to write an effective proposal as well.
> Do you have an idea which language(s) you'd want to work on?
> There's not a huge number of things to do for Java, so that alone is
> probably too lightweight a project, and you'd probably want to combine
> it with something else (which doesn't have to be related).
> The PHP project idea is a lot more substantial, since it involves
> updating how SWIG wraps PHP code.  A good way to learn more about
> that would probably be to try wrapping a Xapian class or two by hand
> using the PHP API we want to change SWIG to use:
> http://devzone.zend.com/1435/wrapping-c-classes-in-a-php-extension/
> Once you have a hand-written wrapper, you can work towards making SWIG
> generate the same code.
> Cheers,
>     Olly
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