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Julia 1.0 Programming. - Second Edition

By : Ivo Balbaert
Book Image

Julia 1.0 Programming. - Second Edition

By: Ivo Balbaert

Overview of this book

The release of Julia 1.0 is now ready to change the technical world by combining the high productivity and ease of use of Python and R with the lightning-fast speed of C++. Julia 1.0 programming gives you a head start in tackling your numerical and data problems. You will begin by learning how to set up a running Julia platform, before exploring its various built-in types. With the help of practical examples, this book walks you through two important collection types: arrays and matrices. In addition to this, you will be taken through how type conversions and promotions work. In the course of the book, you will be introduced to the homo-iconicity and metaprogramming concepts in Julia. You will understand how Julia provides different ways to interact with an operating system, as well as other languages, and then you'll discover what macros are. Once you have grasped the basics, you’ll study what makes Julia suitable for numerical and scientific computing, and learn about the features provided by Julia. By the end of this book, you will also have learned how to run external programs. This book covers all you need to know about Julia in order to leverage its high speed and efficiency for your applications.
Table of Contents (17 chapters)
Title Page
Copyright and Credits
Packt Upsell

Calling C and Fortran

While Julia can rightfully claim to obviate the need to write some C or Fortran code, it is possible that you will need to interact with the existing C or Fortran shared libraries. Functions in such a library can be called directly by Julia, with no glue code, boilerplate code, or compilation needed. Because Julia's LLVM compiler generates native code, calling a C function from Julia has exactly the same overhead as calling the same function from C code itself. However, first, we need to know a few more things:

  • For calling out to C, we need to work with pointer types; a native pointer Ptr{T} is nothing more than the memory address for a variable of type T. You can use Cstring if the value is null-terminated.
  • At this lower level, the term primitive is also used. primitive is a concrete type whose data consists of bits, such as Int8, UInt8, Int32, Float64, Bool, and Char.
  • To pass a string to C, it is converted to a contiguous byte array representation with the function unsafe_string...