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[REBOL] Re: Multimedia REBOL... yes or no?

From: pwoodward:cncdsl at: 11-Jul-2003 11:05

Hrm - Multimedia in Rebol, with "rich" media? What about the following idea? View/Pro allows access to libraries on the host system. Under Windows there are a bunch of SDKs/APIs for media: MCI, DirectShow/DirectPlay, and even the Windows Media Player. I suspect that other platforms may have similar approaches (Amiga - Multiview for instance). What about creating an Abstract interface within REBOL that describes a core, common set of media functions that can be supported by interfacing with these libraries? You want to play an MP3, or Audio from a CD-ROM? Stuff like that should be possible on just about any system. Of course, you'll face the same problem Java does once you start to link it with native code - you begin to lose portability, or at least increase requirements on the underlying system to have certain things installed. But, assuming a core set of "REBOL/Media" API calls that could be back-ended by native code, there's no reason that couldn't be an interim solution, eventually replacing the function call-outs with native (REBOL) functionality. - Porter