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USENIX Technical Program - Abstract - 7th Tcl/Tk Conference - February 2000

Scripted Documents

Jean-Claude Wippler, Equi4 Software

Abstract

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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