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From Laura Vance <>
Subject Re: [users@httpd] assembly language and apache
Date Wed, 09 Jun 2004 15:39:18 GMT
The thing is that you can do whatever you want in C or C++.  All you 
have to do is intercept the keyboard signal and translate it into 
whatever you want.  I've written several programs over the years in C 
that directly read the keyboard and acted on its input.  It would not be 
a far cry to have the "action" from the keyboard input go directly to 
the speakers as different tones.  It's only limited by your creativity.  
So, essentially, if you don't think you can do it in C or C++, then odds 
are "you" cannot, but other people can.

I remember seeing a motivational poster somewhere that said something 
like "if you think something can't be done, don't stand in the way of 
the person doing it."  I don't remember the exact wording, but the 
message is the same.

Something else to consider is that most solid state controllers these 
days are written in C and compiled, then burned into a PROM chip.  The 
controller in your car was likely written in C/C++ or some proprietary 
derivitive that would only consist of proprietary objects.  Your digital 
microwave, your cell phone (though some are written in Java these days), 
most operating systems, computer device drivers and controller 
software.  It's all in or based on C/C++.

Barth (John) Jones wrote:

>Again, the word "versatile" comes into play doesn't it?  With Hex you can
>accomplish basically anything that higher level languages don't enable you
>to do, if you have the time that is.  You could even write your own
>language, which is basically what programming is anyway.  It's all based on
>Hex.  Everything from Windows, DOS, Unix, Apache, http protocol, ascii,
>everything comes down to assembly language.  So basically you can write a
>program to make every component compatible.  If it applies to anything it
>would certainly apply to Apache wouldn't it, since Apache is open source.
>You could write programs that can be downloaded by your users that they can
>use to interact between various hardware and software components on their
>computer and the Apache host that Apache doesn't ordinarily include.  It's
>really endless what you can do with Hex isn't it?  Or are you saying that
>anything that can be accomplished with Hex can also be accomplished with
>higher level languages?  Like what if I wanted to make my keyboard do
>something that's not on the keyboard chip and BIOS?  Suppose I wanted to use
>all the keys on my keyboard to function as several dozen octaves of
>beep-tonality?  Will the higher level languages also enable me to do this?
>If yes, then I guess my Q is moot.  If no, then what sort of things can we
>do between Apache and Hex?
Laura Vance
Systems Engineer
Winfree Academy Charter Schools, Data-Business Office
1711 W. Irving Blvd. Ste 310
Irving, Tx  75061

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