[gst-devel] good point from gnomedesktop

Thomas Vander Stichele thomas at urgent.rug.ac.be
Wed Jan 8 09:38:02 CET 2003


> Yes this is a problem.  Which is why I've been moaning about it for a a
> long time. ;)  See the post and discussion from a while ago for possible
> alternative names.  We need to rename disconnect too.  Only reason I
> haven't done the switch myself is I can't decide what name to use.
> Tradeoff's between verbose long names and names so short they are as bad
> and generic as g_object_connect().

Ok, then we need to fix it really soon :)

> I wouldn't bother with API-compatible stuff, just drop the old API and
> let people fix their code.  It's not a complex change.

No, I'm going to add compat stuff, preferably in a new header file.
It's a practice we should adopt really soon, and _connect functions are in 
every gst app, so it's necessary.
Even the pad_query change was frowned upon from gnome and it only broke 
gnome-media for about an hour :)

> I assume most people want short names.  I'd suggest the following.  Keep
> the _to_/_from_ part for consistancy in the API though it's not needed
> to solve this problem for other than _[dis]connect():

My idea is to change connect to chain.  I like it, it's shorter, and it 
makes sense.  so ...

_connect          -> _chain
_connect_many     -> _chain_many
_connect_filtered -> _chain_filtered
_disconnect       -> _unchain_from
_disconnect_many  -> _unchain_many

I don't mind getting these functions that bit shorter :) I don't want them 
to end up longer.

What does everyone think ? I'd like a quick decision, because the API 
stuff is something I'd like to see happen for obvious reasons.



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