James Mills wrote:
> I am currently developing a simple controller.  It consists of a GUI
> (C++) and a controller (ruby) that talks to a serial port.
>
> Now, I understand that this can (or maybe should) be combined into a
> single app that communicated directly with the serial port.  However,
> I wouldn't have the opportunity to ask this question if that were the
> case!
>
> So, I have an embedded ARM proc with about 200MHz, and I want this app
> to feel as responsive as possible.  The GUI and controller will both
> run on this machine.  When a button on the GUI is pressed, the command
> is sent to the controller, the controller sends a command out of the
> serial port, and an action is taken.
>
> Let's assume that all parts not including the IPC between the GUI and
> the controller are working fine. My question deals with the local IPC
> between the GUI and the controller.
>
> I really like XML/RPC.  It is really easy and straightforward in Ruby,
> and has worked really well in the past for network-based distributable
> apps.  However, in this case I can see how the overhead of XML and
> "IP" communication might make the app feel too slow (It would be bound
> to localhost, of course).
>
> I would really like to use a standard protocol, preferably one
> natively implemented in ruby already.  I just need it to be fast...
>
> So, with all of that info, what does the community recommend for a
> lightening fast interprocess communication method?
>
> Feel free to tell me that XML/RPC is fast enough, if it is...
>
> Thanks!
>
> ~james
>
what OS?