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[REBOL] Re: Windows publishing

From: greggirwin:mindspring at: 11-Oct-2002 11:44

Hi Jason, << But to make the workflow really open and useful to people, I need my REBOL application to be directly accessed in the menus of any other applications, especially graphics ones. >> Good luck. :) Surely it's not impossible to create things like shell extensions with REBOL, but I think we'll want docs on the system port, and it will probably not be easy. I haven't looked down that path, and I hadn't really planned to. I envision a somewhat different picture of integrating services in apps versus extending them to call your *particular* service. I'm thinking that apps will need to be more open and configurable in order to successfully make use of outside services. For example, writing an add-in for Visual Basic's IDE was a very specific process, requiring implementation of specific COM interfaces. In the future, I think the lookup/discovery/join approach where things need to go (though I have to say that I'm not a WSDL/UDDI/"web services" guy given the current specs and popular definitions of such). I hope for a much better solution than what is being hyped right now, and I think REBOL is a good fit for that kind of solution. << I think this comes back to the thorny question of binary copy or lack of. Plus the debate about Windows DLLs and operating specific system access. >> I posted my Windows-specific binary clipboard stuff a short time back. It's basic, to be sure, but works. --Gregg