Core functionality jlrs depends on, generate Rust implementations of Julia structs, and bind Rust code to a Julia module
Author Taaitaaiger
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January 2023


This package must be used in combination with the jlrs crate for the Rust programming language. It provides core functionality that jlrs depends on, can be used to generate Rust structs from Julia types, and generate Julia modules that have been (partially) implemented in Rust in combination with the julia_module macro from jlrs.


The functions defined in the Reflect module can be used to generate jlrs-compatible Rust implementations of Julia structs (layouts).

Layouts can be generated for many structs, including structs with union fields, tuple fields, and type parameters. Layouts are recursively generated for all of a type's fields, and are always generated for the most general case; any provided type parameter is erased and included in the set of structs for which layouts are generated.

Three things that are not supported are structs with union or tuple fields that depend on a type parameter (eg struct SomeGenericStruct{T} a::Tuple{Int32, T} end and struct SomeGenericStruct{T} a::Union{Int32, T} end), unions used as generic parameters (eg SomeGenericStruct{Union{A,B}}), and structs with atomic fields. An error is thrown in the first two cases, in the final case no layout is generated for the struct itself but wrappers for all of its dependencies will be generated.

You can generate layouts by calling the reflect function with a Vector of types:

using JlrsCore.Reflect

struct TypeA
    # ...fields

struct TypeB{T}
    # ...fields


layouts = reflect([TypeA, TypeB, ...]);

# Print layouts to standard output

# Write layouts to file
open("julia_layouts.rs", "w") do f
    write(f, layouts)

Layouts for types used as fields and type parameters are automatically generated. If you want or need to rename structs or their fields you can use renamestruct! and renamefields! as follows:

using JlrsCore.Reflect

layouts = reflect([TypeA, TypeB, ...])
renamestruct!(layouts, TypeA, "StructA")
renamefields!(layouts, TypeB, [:fielda => "field_a", :fieldb => "field_b"])


The macros defined in the Wrap module can be used to make the items exported by the julia_module macro available.

For example, let's say you have a crate called example that uses julia_module to generate an initialization function called module_init_fn:

julia_module! {
    become module_init_fn;
    // ...exported items
    // See the documentation for `julia_module` in the jlrs docs for more information about
    // what can be exported from Rust to Julia and how.

After the crate has been built (NB: the crate type must have been set to cdylib to build a shared library that can be used by Julia), the @wrapmodule and @initjlrs macros can be used to make the exported items available in Julia:

module Example
using JlrsCore.Wrap

@wrapmodule("../relative/path/to/libexample", :module_init_fn)

function __init__()