# Niffler [![Build Status](](

Niffler is a C-JIT implemented is nif binding to [libtcc]( Niffler allows converting small c fragments into nif backed functions *AT RUNTIME*

*Warning:* Even though cute the Niffler is a very dangerous creature that when treated without
enough attention can quickly cause havoc accross your whole project.

# Use Cases

* Make things faster (any binary/math code is ~3x faster with the niffler)
* Access dynamic libraries at runtime
* Create havoc in memory

# Module Example:

defmodule Example do
  use Niffler

  defnif :count_zeros, [str: :binary], ret: :int do
    while($str.size--) {
      if (*$ == 0) $ret++;

{:ok, [2]} = Example.count_zeros(<<0,11,0>>)

# Benchmarks

> mix run bench/count_zeros.exs
Benchmarking count_zeros_elixir...
Benchmarking count_zeros_nif...

Name                         ips        average  deviation         median         99th %
count_zeros_nif           6.87 K      145.47 μs    ±15.18%      141.22 μs      223.31 μs
count_zeros_elixir        3.54 K      282.68 μs    ±12.06%      271.96 μs      404.90 μs

count_zeros_nif           6.87 K
count_zeros_elixir        3.54 K - 1.94x slower +137.22 μs

# Windows

I've only tried compiling & running this under windows with the msys2 toolchain. For that you need to install dlfcn and export the rebar variables:

msys2-64 $> pacman -S mingw-w64-x86_64-dlfcn
# and for the libgmp test:
msys2-64 $> pacman -S mingw-w64-x86_64-gmp-6.2.0-3 

msys2-64 $> export REBAR_TARGET_ARCH_WORDSIZE=64
msys2-64 $> export REBAR_TARGET_ARCH=x86_64-w64-mingw32
msys2-64 $> mix deps.get
msys2-64 $> mix test

# Todos

This library is work in progress. Feel free to open a PR to any of these:

* Add nif options to:
  * Use async thread to avoid blocking in long-running nifs
  * Use mutex locks for non-thread-safe code
* Add access to useful erlang enif_* functions