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[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 anniversary! :) [quote] Subj: [REBOL] REBOL Plug-In Extensions Date: 11/07/2003 19:26:51 GMT Daylight Time From: Carl @ Sender: [rebol-bounce--rebol--com] Reply-to: [rebol-list--rebol--com] To: [rebol-list--rebol--net] 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 pre-release some information: News Flash: REBOL to add a Plug-in Architecture The purpose is to allow developers to write native code extensions to REBOL for adding things like image and sound format loaders/savers, additional functions, special device interfaces, high-speed computation (such as needed 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, including 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! functions (as new datatype) that interface with REBOL, and will accept and return values in a "virtual datatype space" that does not require plugin functions to translate (load or mold) source code. The plug-in architecture will be released in a request-for-comments (RFC) format prior to its standardization, allowing developers to provide input and ideas. We're also hoping developers will be interested in helping us alpha and beta test the new architecture. Note that the "virtual datatype space" used for plugins is also useful for storing any type of REBOL data/code in reduced binary formats for inclusion in high speed, REBOL-native or remote database applications (with faster block translation times). -RT [/quote] Andrew J Martin Attendance Officer & Information Systems Trouble Shooter Colenso High School Arnold Street, Napier. Tel: 64-6-8310180 ext 826 Fax: 64-6-8336759 DISCLAIMER: Colenso High School and its Board of Trustees is not responsible (or legally liable) for materials distributed to or acquired from user e-mail accounts. You can report any misuse of an e-mail account to our ICT Manager and the complaint will be investigated. (Misuse can come in many forms, but can be viewed as any material sent/received that indicate or suggest pornography, unethical or illegal solicitation, racism, sexism, inappropriate language and/or other issues described in our Acceptable Use Policy.) All outgoing messages are certified virus-free by McAfee GroupShield Exchange Phone: +64 6 843 5095 or Fax: +64 6 833 6759 or E-mail: [postmaster--colenso--school--nz]