denisrosset / gluon   0.1


Gluon - a library for Scala interoperability with dynamic languages (Matlab, Python ... )

Scala versions: 2.12

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Gluon - a library for Scala interoperability with dynamic languages

Gluon enables users to write Scala interface code in a robust manner.

The following Matlab code implements the sum of elements of a vector.

function res = sumI(vec)
i = com.faacets.gluon.Interface.compile({
    'import com.faacets.gluon._'
    'Interface[Seq[Double], Double]("sumI", "seq") {'
    'seq => seq.sum'
res =;

How to compile and pack the deliverables?

  • Clone the repo.
  • Run sbt pack to produce a copy of the Matlab example code and the required jars.
  • The libraries and code are copied in /target/pack

To run the example code:

  • Ensure that the Matlab Java Runtime Environment is at least version 1.8 by running version -java. On Linux, the JRE can be changed by setting the MATLAB_JAVA environment variable; on Ubuntu with the Oracle JRE, use export MATLAB_JAVA=/usr/lib/jvm/java-8-oracle/jre
  • Run Matlab, and change to the /target/pack directory
  • Run gluon_init to load the JARs and warm-up the Scala compiler It takes generally a few seconds.
  • Run sumI([1 2 3 4]) to try the example code. The first call to any interface function requires compilation of Scala code, which takes a few hundred milliseconds. The compiled code is cached for subsequent calls.