in reply to Interfacing Perl with C++, using XS, with external files, and using the STL as parameters and return values.

Congratulations! Both for persevering in your research and goals; and for getting all that down.

I'd love to see that broken into 2 or 3 sub-posts and indexed from the root.

The rant/history is valuable--and fun to read; especially as I've been part way down some of those dead ends myself previously--but having the tutorial part broken out as one or two smaller posts for easy reference would be very useful.

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