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From Christopher Oliver <>
Subject Re: Syncing rhino
Date Tue, 24 Jun 2003 15:36:38 GMT
Gianugo Rabellino wrote:

> Gianugo Rabellino wrote:
>>> Your experience is the same as mine. The Rhino core needs to be
>>> refactored to be extensible in order to allow multiple interpreters 
>>> such
>>> as the one that supports continuations.
>> Ouch. :-/ Do you envision other needs for extended interpreters? I 
>> doubt that the Rhino guys will extend that stuff just for us.
>>> I have seen the BEA XML scripting code and they simply hacked their
>>> stuff right into the Rhino core (not even as a separate package), so I
>>> doubt that it will ever be integrated into the Mozilla cvs either.
>> I understand actually that ECMAScript has been updated already, so 
>> eventually they'll have to find a way to integrate those 
>> functionalities (it doesn't have to be BEA's implementation though).
>>> I'm willing to help, but to make this happen we really need to work
>>> closely with the Rhino developers and redesign the core interfaces to
>>> allow pluggability.
> OK... I spent some more time with the code and did some steps forward. 
> Now, unfortunately, I'm stuck due to my ignorance: any further step 
> would be just a wild bet from my part, and it would take me a lot of 
> time to get acquainted with all the technologies involved (core 
> javascript and hard-core continuation inners).
> Let's see if we can strike a deal, while we try to find a better 
> solution with the Rhino guys (something that ATM seems unlikely to me, 
> given also that they are in RC phase):

If we integrate the continuations code with the current rhino cvs, I'm 
pretty sure Norris will commit it for us. But AFAIK that's not going to 
be easy.

> 1. I made all the boring stuff: from the CVS version of Rhino I 
> changed  and refactored all the Rhino core stuff I could spot. I have 
> a patchset if you're interested in it;

OK, send it to me.

> 2. I'm willing to set up some kind of monitoring system that will 
> update the Rhino CVS regularily and try to apply the required patches 
> (think FreeBSD ports), possibly running some unit tests to spot 
> regressions (I'll start right away bugging the Gump gurus :-));

I don't think we want to do this.

> 3. I guarantee from my part a serious commitment in learning the hard 
> stuff and understand how to help you with it once we are back in sync 
> (but please keep in mind I'm a lawyer ;-)).

OK, great.

> 4. I'll be with you in talks with the Rhino community to find a common 
> solution to this quite big issue; 


> 5. You help me fix the remaining ~20 errors for which I don't have a 
> clue as well as see if I did right until now or if I caused some 
> serious mess. :-)


> How does it sound?
Let me take a look at your changes and I'll let you know.

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