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Access to the host r3lib from extensions

Carl Sassenrath, CTO
REBOL Technologies
29-Jul-2010 20:18 GMT

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There's been a request to allow access to the host's r3lib API from extensions. At first, it seemed like a good idea, but then, not.

The reasoning is this: once released, the extension API cannot change, or at least only on major version changes, like an R4.

However, we allow the r3lib API to change between host releases. Therefore, if we allowed extensions to access it, extensions could become incompatible between minor releases, and that's not a good thing.

So, what I need to know from you is what functions published in the r3lib API should also be provided in the extension API. No, you cannot have them all, because many are only relevant to the host bootstrap itself.

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