Fortunately, Apple has already been shipping an open scripting
architecture for several years, which is multiplatform and has
enormous developer buy-in. It's called Unix.
We're also talking about "native" applets, droplets, folder actions,
mail rules, Perl Studio, Lua Studio, etc. without the hassle that it
takes to map the whole freakin' Cocoa.framework into language X.
If you want to attract people who aren't Mac developers, consider
designing a wire protocol that anyone can implement. Let
applications and scripts communicate over pipes or sockets, which
all major scripting languages support.
On Mac OS X, methinks it's mach ports. On anything else, it will
probably be variants on the preprocessor conditional below.
Here are my key questions: Is it available as free software on Linux?
That's why we're suggesting CoreFoundation level.
How would it work with Parrot?
"The goal of the Parrot virtual machine is to host client languages,
and allow interoperation between them."
Different goals I think. Definitely not a virtual machine.
Interoperability to the extent to which each OSA language can support
AppleEvents or deal with another language's text result to an 'exec'
call. Due to the groundbreaking work done on sdefs, I'd be inclined to
think that transferrable objects would be the least overall hassle if
expressed in XML but an alternate llvm format could be worth looking
into. Each language would have to provide it's own translators for
these cases though (perhaps with the aid of built-in facilities for
the basic types).
Is it *really* free, or just another lock-in API?
That would be Apple's call. What I think would be best is if the OSA
Team could aim for an international standard by a contribution to the
existing open source CoreFoundation.
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