[Mono-dev] mono_method_get_unmanaged_thunk

Sebastian Good sebastian at palladiumconsulting.com
Fri Apr 25 17:55:26 EDT 2008

The Embedding Mono page mentions possible future work on
mono_method_get_unmanaged_thunk. We are using the embedding (reflection) API
quite happily, writing our own marshaling for basic types (strings, arrays,
enums, etc.) but would like to avoid the overhead of going through the
generic invoke. When our wrappers initialize, it would be nice to simply JIT
all the necessary methods and then call them directly via a C function
pointer, as I think was imagined before. Exceptions are interesting; it
would be quite acceptable to generate a thunk which took a MonoObject** to
return the results of any exception. (On our wrappers we marshal the message
and re-throw it as a C++ runtime_exception but I suspect this isn't what
everyone would want to do.)

Is this a feature on the radar for anyone soon?

Many thanks, and looking forward to Mono 2.0!

- Sebastian
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