By Martin Reddy
Publish 12 months note: First released in 1996
API layout for C++ offers a finished dialogue of software Programming Interface (API) improvement, from preliminary layout via implementation, trying out, documentation, unencumber, versioning, upkeep, and deprecation. The publication specializes in the problems of designing APIs for a unmarried language (C++), which continues to be probably the most standard programming languages for giant software program initiatives.
The booklet additionally covers really expert API issues, reminiscent of developing scripting and plug-in APIs, with emphasis on API layout. A dialogue on checking out thoughts concentrates on automatic API trying out strategies instead of trying to comprise end-user software checking out suggestions similar to GUI checking out, approach checking out, or handbook trying out.
The booklet might be precious to new programmers who comprehend the basics of C++ and who are looking to increase their layout talents, in addition to senior engineers and software program architects looking to achieve new services to counterpoint their present skills. 3 particular teams of readers are specific: practising software program engineers and designers, technical managers, and scholars and educators.
• the single booklet that teaches the ideas of C++ API improvement, together with layout, versioning, documentation, checking out, scripting, and extensibility.
• broad code examples illustrate every one idea, with absolutely sensible examples and dealing resource code for experimentation to be had online.
• Covers numerous API types and styles with a spotlight on sensible and effective designs for large-scale long term initiatives.
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However, there may be cases where you wish to avoid using a particular API and pay the cost to implement the code yourself or look for an alternate solution. For example: • License restrictions. An API may provide everything that you need functionality-wise, but the license restrictions may be prohibitive for your needs. For example, if you want to use an open source package that is distributed under the GNU General Public License (GPL), then you are required to release any derived works under the GPL also.
Association can be directional, indicated with an open arrowhead such as “>”. Aggregation: A “has-a,” or whole/part, relationship where neither class owns the other, shown as a line with a hollow diamond. Composition: A “has-a” relationship where the lifetime of the part is managed by the whole. This is represented as a line with a filled diamond. Generalization: A subclass relationship between classes, shown as a line with a hollow triangle arrowhead. Each side of a relationship can also be annotated to define its multiplicity.
1 presents the complete set of third-party dependencies for the application to give you an idea of how many open source and commercial closed source dependencies a contemporary software project is built upon. When you factor in system and OS libraries as well, this list grows even further. 3 Architecture diagram for the Second Life Viewer. 1 List of open- and closed-source APIs used by the Second Life Viewer API Description APR Boost c-ares cURL Expat FMOD FreeGLUT FreeType glh_linear jpeglib KDU libpng llqtwebkit Ogg Vorbis OpenGL openjpeg OpenSSL Quicktime Vivox xmlrpc-epi zlib The Apache Portable Runtime Set of portable C++ utility libraries Asyncronous DNS resolution library Client URL request library Stream-oriented XML Parser Commercial audio engine and MP3 stream decoder Open source version of the OpenGL Utility Toolkit (GLUT) Font rasterization engine C++ OpenGL helper library JPEG decoder library Commercial Kakadu (KDU) JPEG-2000 decoder library PNG image library Qt’s WebKit embeddable Web browser Compressed audio format library 3D graphics rendering engine Open-source JPEG-2000 library, alternative to KDU Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) library Library for playing video clips Commercial voice chat library XML-RPC protocol library Lossless data compression library APIs AND SDKs The term Software Development Kit (SDK) is closely related to the term API.