[REBOL] Re: Girder - what could rebol be capable of?
From: greggirwin::mindspring::com at: 23-Apr-2003 12:10
PK> Today, looking for the player being capable of
PK> complete handling by command-line or API, I got to product Girder -
PK> seems to me kind of modern Arexx, although Windows only ....
PK> I wonder if rebol kernel could be extended later to be more system-wide
PK> friendly, e.g. being able to handle USB, etc.
I don't think it's like ARexx. ARexx was built on OS support that
doesn't exist in Windows. Girder looks like a macro/automation tool,
like WinBatch and such.
I've done a bit of stuff on the Windows side, but when you do that
it's not portable. It's easy enough to shell apps (need View/Pro for
all DLL access of course), find windows, and pump messages to them. I
also wrote a send-keys dialect that lets you send keystrokes to other
windows. Using the system port is only good for console apps right now
it seems; you don't see the WM_ messages in View windows (yet).
Macro programming can be handy, but also fragile. I'm using my tools
for automation in a REBOL product right now (in testing as we speak)
but I haven't made any plans to release them as "supported toolkits".
I don't know about USB handling.