Crate artichoke_backend

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artichoke-backend crate provides a Ruby interpreter. It is currently implemented with mruby bindings exported by the sys module.

§Execute Ruby Code

artichoke-backend crate exposes several mechanisms for executing Ruby code on the interpreter.

§Evaling Source Code

The artichoke-backend interpreter implements Eval from artichoke-core.

use artichoke_backend::prelude::*;

let mut interp = artichoke_backend::interpreter()?;
let result = interp.eval(b"10 * 10")?;
let result = result.try_convert_into::<i64>(&interp)?;
assert_eq!(result, 100);

§Calling Functions on Ruby Objects

Values returned by the artichoke-backend interpreter implement Value from artichoke-core, which enables calling Ruby functions from Rust.

use artichoke_backend::prelude::*;

let mut interp = artichoke_backend::interpreter()?;
let result = interp.eval(b"'ruby funcall'")?;
let result = result.funcall(&mut interp, "length", &[], None)?;
let result = result.try_convert_into::<i64>(&mut interp)?;
assert_eq!(result, 12);

§Virtual File System and Kernel#require

The artichoke-backend interpreter includes an in-memory virtual file system. The file system stores Ruby sources and Rust extension functions that are similar to MRI C extensions.

The virtual file system enables applications built with artichoke-backend to require sources that are embedded in the binary without host file system access.

§Embed Rust Types in Ruby Values

artichoke-backend exposes a concept similar to data-typed values in MRI and mruby.

When Rust types implement a special trait, they can be embedded in a Ruby Value and passed through the Ruby VM as a Ruby object. Classes defined in this way can define methods in Rust or Ruby.

Examples of these types include:

  • Regexp and MatchData, which are backed by regular expressions from the onig and regex crates.
  • ENV, which glues Ruby to an environ backend.

§Converters Between Ruby and Rust Types

The convert module provides implementations for conversions between boxed Ruby values and native Rust types like i64 and HashMap<String, Option<Vec<u8>>> using an artichoke-backend interpreter.