externals

Randall Reetz randall at randallreetz.com
Tue Jan 20 10:01:15 EST 2009


Thank god people had horse drawn carriages before the train.  Else people would have recomended away from steering wheels in automobiles... "do we really want people to have that much control over the direction of their vehicle?"  "...they could steer it into danger!".  All of which is true.  But is it a logical and measured arguement against the benefits of personally directed transportation.  Spam sucks too... but does it argue against having access to the profound benefits of email?  There is a trash can on my desktop... nothing about it provents me or anyone else from dragging all of my folders into it... But i dont have nightmares about loosing my mind and doing so any more than i have nightmares about steerong my car off a cliff for no reason.  Hell, people in a democracy could vote for ron paul if they wanted to... should we adopt a dictatorship to provent such an eventuality?  There are a million ways to prevent the missuse of access to system level events... the stupidest would be to avoid it completely.  Just my opinion.  For what it is worth.  Randall

-----Original Message-----
From: "Brian Yennie" <briany at qldlearning.com>
To: "How to use Revolution" <use-revolution at lists.runrev.com>
Sent: 1/19/2009 1:17 PM
Subject: Re: externals

Randall,

Unfortunately it seems you are looking for a high-level API to take  
care of a very low level job. There simply isn't an API for  
everything. You are probably going to have to get your hands dirty in  
C if this is your goal. If you know the OS APIs you want to tap into,  
you could work on building externals in C. If you don't, time to do  
some research =). You will definitely need to build separate externals  
for each operating system as well.

Maybe not what you were hoping for, but I hope that helps.

> QuickKeys is cool... but it doesn't offer finder events as triggers  
> for the execution of macros.  There is no way, for instance, to tell  
> it:
>
> When a user saves any file, from any application, and the name  
> contains "Entropy", then save an alias at "Hard Drive: My Entropy  
> Docs:"

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