pybind type_casters might be able to be simplified + genericized?
A colleague (Duy Nguyen) and myself were interested in looking at VTK + pybind11 interop.
Someone else ended up posting a StackOverflow within 24 hours of our interest, and that user pointed to this code base as a starting point, but ran into a snag when trying to use it: https://stackoverflow.com/questions/54871216/pybind11-return-c-class-with-an-existing-python-binding-to-python
I posted this solution: https://stackoverflow.com/a/54905431/7829525
- Using macros to instantiate the
type_casterspecializations can be replaced by generic templates + SFINAE. (Should be C++11-compatbile, but I, uh, didn't test it fully)
- VTK's Python utilities seems to (magically?) handle ownership sharing well, so adding
vtkNewis relatively simple - would be nice to incorporate here or elsewhere as a Kitware recipe.
Perhaps some form of the code I rewrote could be incorporated here, so that future people looking into this code base have a simpler implementation to work off of?
I'll also see if I can link this Wiki article to the StackOverflow post and the SMTK code, as either of those seem better than what the article mentioned too? https://vtk.org/Wiki/Example_from_and_to_python_converters