USENIX Technical Program - Abstract - 7th Tcl/Tk Conference - February 2000
Jean-Claude Wippler, Equi4 Software
Software used to be written
as source code, which was then compiled and linked into a single machine-specific
application program. With scripting languages, editable scripts are now
executable without intermediate steps, but the dependency on lots of script
files complicates robust deployment. A range of "wrapping" schemes are
in use today to package scripts and extensions into a single file. The
"Scripted Document" approach presented here goes further by offering a
database-centric solution for packaging, installation, configuration, upgrades,
as well as all application-specific data. An implementation for Tcl is
described — using MetaKit as embedded database — with a summary of the
experiences gathered so far.
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