[Pharo-project] Cmd-t in OB?
dhenrich at vmware.com
Fri Oct 8 13:07:25 EDT 2010
On 10/08/2010 08:25 AM, Lukas Renggli wrote:
> Yeah, I agree, there is definitely a need for Metacello.
> I suggest to make it easier to use, faster and more lightweight.
> Currently it is more the opposite.
> I propose something along Gofer, but for Metacello (I believe somebody
> already did something like this?):
> 1. loading the latest stable version must be dead simple
> Metacello new project: 'OB'; loadStable
> 2. loading the latest development version must be dead simple
> Metacello new project: 'OB'; loadDevelopment
> 3. specifying what groups to load must be dead simple
> 4. loading should not require to additional infrastructure to be
> loaded into a Pharo image (I imagine a server that has all
> configurations preloaded and that returns Gofer scripts that can be
> executed in the target image)
We are headed in exactly this direction. points 1,2 and 3 are directly
covered by a combination of the GoferProjectLoader and new features in
Metacello. So your expressions would be recast as something like:
Gofer project loadStable: 'OB'.
Gofer project loadDevelopment: 'OB'.
In addition to the notion of #stable and #development we have talked of
the notion of #bleedingEdge. The #bleedingEdge loads the latest version
of every mcz file...which may be what you were thinking about when you
said #loadDevelopment ... Doru's discussion of a 'default' version and
the #bleedingEdge are the same idea. So then we'd add the following
Gofer project loadBleedingEdge: 'OB'.
As for you point 4, I think that that is a future item. I like the idea,
but I think that it is not that simple...
One of the more subtle things that goes on when loading Metacello
configurations is that the current state of the image (i.e., loaded mcz
files) is used to calculate what should be loaded ... if a required
project is already loaded and especially if it is already at a later
version, that project isn't loaded. If the project is at an earlier
version then it is upgraded to conform to required version. On top of
this, when a project is upgraded, all of the loaded mcz files are
upgraded not just those that are specifically requested...
With that said, it should be possible to ship a spec of what is loaded
in the current image to a server where the calculation is made and a
load directive (basically a Gofer script) could be returned, but there
are more moving parts in this than I want to tackle at the moment...
Unfortunately, a good bit of my time is being consumed at the moment by
a GemStone project, but I fully expect to deliver on the above within
the next month or so with an early release available within a couple of
weeks as we are still hammering out details ...
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