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8. Library modules - Overview

In the following chapters, the library modules bundled with the Gauche distribution are explained. Those modules should generally be loaded and imported (usually using use - See section 4.11.3 Using modules, for details), unless otherwise noted.

9. Library modules - Gauche extensions describes gauche.* modules, which are more or less considered the core features of Gauche but separated since less frequently used. (Some modules are rather ad-hoc, but here for historically reasons). The modules in this category include system APIs (e.g. gauche.fcntl, gauche.termios), networking (gauche.net), thread APIs (gauche.threads), and some high-level routines that are built on top of Gauche low-level core APIs (e.g. gauche.process, gauche.regexp).

10. Library modules - SRFIs describes the modules that provides SRFI functionalities. Note that some of SRFI features are built in Gauche core and not listed here. See section 2.1 Standard conformance, for entire list of supported SRFIs.

11. Library modules - Utilities describes the modules provides miscellaneous utility functions--including dbm-style database interface, filesystem utilities, network protocol utilities, and more.

The following table summarizes naming categories of the modules, including external ones and planned ones.

data.*
Generic data structures (planned).

dbm.*
DBM interface

gauche.*
Stuffs more or less considered as Gauche core features.

gl.*
OpenGL binding and related libraries (external package).

gtk.*
GTk+ binding and related libraries (external package).

file.*
Manipulating files and directories.

lang.*
Language-related libraries, artificial and/or natural (planned).

math.*
Mathematics.

compat.*
Compatibility libraries

rfc.*
Implementations of net protocols defined in RFC's.

srfi-*
SRFI implementations.

text.*
Libraries dealing with text data.

util.*
Generic implementations of various algorithms.

www.*
Implementations of various protocols and formats mainly used in WWW.


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