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[REBOL] Re: Girder - what could rebol be capable of?

From: greggirwin::mindspring::com at: 23-Apr-2003 12:10

Hi Petr, 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> 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. -- Gregg