[REBOL] REBOL Plug-In Extensions
From: andrew:martin:colenso:school at: 10-Sep-2003 12:45
Just wondering what's happening with this; tomorrow is it's two month
Subj: [REBOL] REBOL Plug-In Extensions
Date: 11/07/2003 19:26:51 GMT Daylight Time
From: Carl @ rebol.com
I've noticed some discussion on this topic, so that you don't need to
beat this with a stick too hard, I thought it might be good to
News Flash: REBOL to add a Plug-in Architecture
The purpose is to allow developers to write native code extensions to
for adding things like image and sound format loaders/savers, additional
functions, special device interfaces, high-speed computation (such as
for bitmaps), etc.
Plug-ins will be programmed as DLL (dynamic libraries) with a small
number of standard entry points. Plug-ins will be self identifying,
versions, and will also be able to contain REBOL source code as well
as native machine code. Plug-ins will be able to define Native!
(as new datatype) that interface with REBOL, and will accept and return
values in a "virtual datatype space" that does not require plugin
to translate (load or mold) source code.
The plug-in architecture will be released in a request-for-comments
format prior to its standardization, allowing developers to provide
ideas. We're also hoping developers will be interested in helping us
and beta test the new architecture.
Note that the "virtual datatype space" used for plugins is also useful
storing any type of REBOL data/code in reduced binary formats for
in high speed, REBOL-native or remote database applications (with faster
Andrew J Martin
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