EPI: Erlang Plus Interface (http://epi.sf.net)

Héctor Rivas Gándara keymon@REDACTED
Wed Mar 30 22:12:09 CEST 2005

The Erlang Plus Interface library (EPI) is a tool set of C++ classes to
easily build applications in C++ what comunicates with Erlang.

You can download it from http://epi.sourceforge.net.

The intention of the library is to cover the holes that EI library 

         - An object oriented implementation
         - A simple API
         - Extensibility
         - Abstraction of comunication mechanism
         - Simplified management of incoming messages (mailboxes)

EPI is realased under the LGPL license. For details please see the file 
"COPYING" distributed with EPI.

EPI works in a similar manner than jinterface the library for java 

It have some differences:

     * All comunication is done throw MailBoxes, no matter if you use 
self or auto managed nodes.
     * Epi abstracts the comunication mechanism, and you can extend it 
with new mechanism (using ErlangTransport interface and 

NOTE: EPI is a alfa version and is not complete and probably has a lot 
of bugs. Testers are wellcome!

Example of use:

  #include "Config.hpp"

  #include <iostream>
  #include <memory>
  #include <string>

  #include "epi.hpp"

  // Use namespaces
  using namespace epi::type;
  using namespace epi::error;
  using namespace epi::node;

  int main () {
  const std::string LOCALNODE = "pepito@REDACTED";
  const std::string REMOTENODE = "pepita@REDACTED";
  const std::string COOKIE = "one_cookie";

     try {
          // Create the node
          AutoNode node(LOCALNODE, COOKIE);

          // Get a mailbox. The node has the pointer owership!!!
          MailBox *mailbox = node.createMailBox();

          // Create the tuple {self(), hello}
          ErlTermPtr<> tuple(new ErlTuple(mailbox->self(), new 

          // Send the term to a server in the remote node
          mailbox->send(REMOTENODE, "reply_server", tuple.get());

          // Receive the response
          ErlTermPtr<> received(mailbox->receive());

          // Print it
          std::cout << "Received response: " <<
                  received->toString() << std::endl;
     } catch (EpiException &e) {
          std::cout << "Exception catched: " << e.getMessage() << 
          return 1;
     return 0;

The correspondind erlang node:

  -export([start/0, loop/0]).

  start() ->
      Pid=spawn(reply_server, loop, []),
      register(reply_server, Pid),

  loop() ->
      {Pid, Msg} ->
         io:format("Received: ~w from ~w~n", [Msg, Pid]),
      X ->
          io:format("Received: ~w~n", [X])

Bird's eye view:

     * To manage connections automaticlyuse epi::node::AutoNode, use 
epi::node::LocalNode otherwise
     * You can explore the mailbox queue content using the interface 
QueueGuard from the GenericQueue.hpp file and the associated method in 
MailBox class. Some useful guards are provided:
           o PatternMatchingGuard: It searchs a message that matches a 
pattern (an ErlTerm with variables).
           o CommandQueueGuard: Uses the Command+Decorator patterns to 
attach an command to be executed when the guard matches.
           o MatchingCommandGuard: Like the CommandQueueGuard, but with 
pattern matching
           o ComposedGuard: Uses the composite pattern to compose guards
     * Is highly recomended the use of std::auto_ptr and 


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