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Writing bindable code

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I'm currently writing a .Net binding for a C library, which got me thinking in general terms about libraries being bound to different languages. Parts of this library are almost trivial to wrap in managed classes. In contrast, function callbacks require a lot of hoop jumping to get working. In a world with so many different mainstream languages, C, C++, Ruby, Java, .Net, Python, etc., what would be the most convenient "middle language" to write bindings from? So far I think C style function callbacks are problematic, and I wouldn't recommend using them in a situation where "bindability" is the goal. I'm curious what features in one language made binding it to another more difficult from peoples' experiences.

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