Creedon Frontier FYI
- Please see < http://gems.creedon.net/www/creedonFrontierFyi.zip >.
From the read me.
This is an FYI (for your information) release of some work I've been
doing with Frontier and Frontier.root. It should be considered as
development quality software. Don't blame me if something goes wrong!
Backup your hard drive! It's been working pretty well for me.
This is by no means a complete install or even very functional.
If you are on Windows you should replace the Mac OS X Frontier
application with the Windows 10.a2 version.
Things I'm tinkering with are...
1) Create a new startup script. I found the startup script very
difficult to follow and there was much duplication of initialization
across all the scripts being called at startup.
2) Do something about the confusing (to me) release virgin root
process. My tack has been to combine all this into one uber startup
script, if user.prefs.firstRootRun is false or not defined then this
is a virgin root.
3) Remove dependancies on and assumptions about
system.verbs.builtins.userland table, Manila, and Radio where it makes
sense. I've been rolling around in my head the idea that I'd like to
see the Frontier app and Frontier.root become friendly for multiple
vendors/projects (open source, etc.) to be able to build from. Of
course the initial open source release was built from the single
vendor perspective. Much of the system.verbs.builtins.userland table
stuff moves to other tables (although there are bits still to be
moved). I can imagine a vendor table living somewhere where vendors
can put the code they want to use and share in Frontier.root, if it
doesn't fit into one of the existing tables.
4) Reorganize the menus. I found the menus often run off the menubar
so I have taken a crack at a reorg. I'm also tinkering with some
funky modal menus.
5) Build Frontier.root from the ground up, removing cruft. The job
isn't complete by any means. But many of the pieces have passed by my
eyeballs. Not that I can remember it all or that they all work! :-)
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