Re: GNOME 2.8: Scripting

On Mon, 2004-03-29 at 11:22, Rodrigo Moya wrote:
> On Mon, 2004-03-29 at 11:59 +0200, Rodrigo Moya wrote:
> > Hi
> > 
> > One nice thing to have for GNOME 2.8 could be scripting of applications.
> > For this, we need a standard and easy way for applications to register
> > methods to be called from scripts and have those methods called.
> > 
> > So, I've been thinking this weekend (over some beers, so I apologize in
> > advance if some things don't make sense :-) about this, and this is:
> > 
> > * add signals to GnomeProgram like "getMethodList" and "runMethod", so
> > that apps can implement them and thus add support for scripting. I know
> > some people want to not add new features to libgnome* so that they can
> > be obsolete in a future. If so, I guess we could then have a
> > FooScripting (or whatever) class that implements this. The question is,
> > where?
> > 
> > * as for the internal implementation, the obvious choice, at least to
> > me, seems to be BonoboApplication, which already has support for the 2
> > methods mentioned above. If we were to use BonoboApplication, we could
> > just avoid the step above, and so have applications that want to add
> > scripting support use BonoboApplication directly.
> > Other implementation choices are using d-bus.
> > 
> well, forgot to mention the other option people have talked about, which
> is to use at-spi, although that does not work well, I guess, for
> high-level methods. That is, if you want, in evolution to have a
> sendEmail method to be called from scripts, how could at-spi allow that?
> In any case, is there any chance we come to a standard scripting
> mechanism?

For out of process scripting the ideal candidate is D-BUS. I would like
to know if there's any chance this will be available for inclusion in
2.8 (including desktop apps supporting this)?

I had thought about creating user friendly wrappers for the ati-spi
interfaces but if D-BUS is gonna provide a nice clean desktop wide
interface why bother farting around with Corba or some other method to
get the same effect...


> cheers
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