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[REBOL] Windows Shell: was RE: Re: newbie - How to

From: bry:itnisk at: 24-Jun-2003 10:25

>It would be fun for rebol to print in a shell... If everyone says
windows >has no shell, then why does python and many other applications print right >in the command prompt they are run from? Windows most definitely has a shell, Explorer is the default graphical interface to this shell, Windows being a graphical system it is appropriate that its shell has a graphical interface. One can however shift explorer out with another interface to the shell, here for example is a free open source one: there are a number of these around. One can extend the shell by a number of ways, one intensive but powerful method is through namespace extensions to the shell: I have done a little work in this area and found it hard going, mainly as c++ is not my favorite language.
>why couldnt reboltech simply add some winshell:// port or what have
you...? This goes back to my discussion a long time ago about Asynchronous Pluggable Protocols, which I unfortunately don't think I explained well: luggable/overview/overview.asp , APPs can be browsed with browse from Rebol however there is no read etc. they could be used to solve some problems of integration with the Windows system. I'm writing an article on APPs in the next couple weeks and using Rebol as an example, the idea being passing in rebol code from an APP url that gets evaluated, much as bookmarklets allow one to pass in javascript code via the javascript: APP. A propos printing, Network printers have their own namespace in the windows shell as a virtual object, Special Folders such as the My Network Places are in fact implemented as extensions to the shell.