[Pharo-project] [Vm-dev] Request: VM support for opening browser
guillermopolito at gmail.com
Thu Jul 19 04:18:07 EDT 2012
On Thu, Jul 19, 2012 at 9:16 AM, Torsten Bergmann <astares at gmx.de> wrote:
> In the days of web based applications and Smalltalk web
> frameworks etc. it is often very usefull to open a browser/URL
> from within Smalltalk.
> Currently one has to load FFI and ExternalWebBrowser
> Why not add support into the VM for that. This would
> allow us:
> - provide a link to the homepage of Squeak and Pharo
> in the about box so people can easy access it
> right from the image
> - to give Seaside/Pier/Iliad/Aida served images
> a button that opens the browser to the served
> - server an html based "Help system" from the image
> and by choosing "Help" from the menu open it
> - ...
> On Windows it is just a ShellExecute API call - dont
> know about the other platforms. Is it possible that
> VM developers agree on a common protocol and provide
> it in the next VM release cycle?
> Any comments?
The thing is... why adding it in the vm and not in the image directly via
FFI? I mean, you already have support in the vm for that -> FFI plugin (and
Native boost in NBCog). And it's abstract enough to do the job...
I think that in the path to 2.0 there is the idea to have NativeBoost/FFI
in the core distribution. It's just that there are plenty of things to do
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