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=head1 NAME

KinoSearch::Docs::DevGuide - Quick-start guide to hacking on KinoSearch.



=head1 DESCRIPTION

The KinoSearch code base is organized into roughly four layers:
 
   * Charmonizer - compiler and OS configuration probing.
   * Clownfish - header files.
   * C - implementation files.
   * Host - binding language.

Charmonizer is a configuration prober which writes a single header file,
"charmony.h", describing the build environment and facilitating
cross-platform development.  It's similar to Autoconf or Metaconfig, but
written in pure C.

The ".cfh" (or historically, ".bp") files within the KinoSearch core are
Clownfish header files.  Clownfish is a purpose-built, declaration-only
language which superimposes a single-inheritance object model on top of C
which is specifically designed to co-exist happily with variety of "host"
languages and to allow limited run-time dynamic subclassing.  For more
information see the Clownfish docs, but if there's one thing you should
know about Clownfish OO before you start hacking, it's that method calls
are differentiated from functions by capitalization:

    Indexer_Add_Doc   <-- Method, typically uses dynamic dispatch.
    Indexer_add_doc   <-- Function, always a direct invocation.

The C files within the KinoSearch core are where most of KinoSearch's low-level
functionality lies.  They implement the interface defined by the Clownfish
header files.

The C core is intentionally left incomplete, however; to be usable, it must
be bound to a "host" language.  (In this context, even C is considered a
"host" which must implement the missing pieces and be "bound" to the core.)
Some of the binding code is autogenerated by Clownfish on a spec customized
for each language.  Other pieces are hand-coded in either C (using the
host's C API) or the host language itself.









=head1 COPYRIGHT AND LICENSE

Copyright 2005-2010 Marvin Humphrey

This program is free software; you can redistribute it and/or modify it under
the same terms as Perl itself.

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