[webkit-dev] WebCore/platform standalone library

Benjamin Poulain benjamin at webkit.org
Thu Mar 19 13:47:44 PDT 2015

On 3/18/15 9:43 PM, Myles C. Maxfield wrote:
> Hello, all,
> I’d like to announce that I intend to create a standalone static library from the current contents of WebCore/platform over the coming months. This will involve creating a “Platform" top-level directory and moving source files into it, one by one.
> There are a few reasons for this:
> 1. Enforcing the layering between Platform and WebCore. Moving Platform into its own target/directory can guarantee that nothing inside it knows about anything in WebCore.
> 2. Being able to test code in the Platform directory with TestWebKitAPI (without exporting Platform symbols from the WebCore library)
> 3. Managing conceptual complexity.
> Does anyone have any thoughts or feedback?

That's an awesome project. That's gonna be a lot of work.

How do you plan to do the interface between WebCore and Platform?

Between WebCore and WebKit, we use interfaces with pure virtual 
functions that are implemented by the clients.
Between WebCore and the platform, we have headers and each port has its 
own implementation of that interface.

Do you plan to move Platform behind a public interface or keep the 
current model?

> Thanks,
> Myles
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