[REBOL] Re: Update: Read *and* Write images against Windows Clipboard
From: anton:lexicon at: 25-Sep-2002 1:49
> << 2) ARexx
Yep, Amiga REXX.
> << OK, so reading quickly between the lines, it sounds like the Amiga was
> blessed with an advanced scripting language that could listen on
> a port and
> be passed stuff. >>
> Yes. Big time. I'm not an Amigan either, and also had a TI994A, by odd
> coincidence. Hopefully, if I ever get something going along these
> lines, RT
> and the Amigans out there will chime in to contribute suggestions based on
> their experience.
I had a lot of fun with ARexx, after I figured out
how to get it to connect to a program's arexx port!
I used it to do things that I use rebol to do now.
For instance, I just moved some directories around,
reorganising my mp3 collection, and then as a
consequence, my favourite playlist had links to
old filepaths which were incorrect. I quickly made a
rebol script to fix those that were incorrect.
I would have used ARexx to do this job almost as
easily, were I still using the amiga.
The practice on amiga for applications to make
available an arexx port was great, and allowed
others to glue applications together and
automate all sorts of boring, repetitive tasks,
that normally required you to click click click
with your mouse until you go crazy or give up.
It would be good to make an example of a rebol
app that listens on a port for instructions.
It could reject connections that do not originate
from the same machine.
Perhaps we could agree to a standard port (& scheme,
I suppose it would be http:// ) to be used in this
way, then it would be easy to have some generic code
that shows how to connect to and control a whole bunch
of rebol applications.
Ah, but wait, then programs clash with each other,
all trying to serve on the same port.
Maybe imagine some sort of registering program,
maintaining a list like:
4300 Rebol-port-registry (this program)
Each of the programs Bulge, Morph & Video-studio would
seek out Rebol-port-registry on port 4300 at start up,
and register themselves with a "unique" port number.
Then any other program can come along and connect
to Rebol-port-registry to look up what port a
particular program is serving on, so then they
can communicate directly.
So in the end a program could control those three
above to work together, perhaps, for example, getting
Video-studio to save some frames of a video, then
getting Bulge and Morph to process those frames
in a way that Video-studio cannot do already, then
saving and reimporting back into the video.
It's just an idea. :)