Subject: ANN: Buster 0.99.1, a library for application orchestration that is not FRP
Date: Thursday 2nd April 2009 13:05:15 UTC (over 8 years ago)
Read more about it on its webpage: http://vs.renci.org/jeff/buster Yes, it’s to solve a particular problem. And yes, this is a rough draft of an explanation of how it works. I’ve not even really solidified the vocabulary yet, but I have this module which couches a large, abstract, interactive (both with the user and the system), multicomponent application in terms of a bus, inputs, behaviours, and events. * Time is continuous and infinite. * An event is a static, discrete item associated with a particular time. * The bus is the discrete view of event in time at an instant. * A widget is an IO action that assigns events to a particular time based only upon sampling the outside world (other events and behaviours are irrelevant to it). e.g. a Gtk Button is a widget, a readable network socket is an widget, the mouse is an widget, the keyboard is an widget, a multitouch gesture engine is a widget. * A behaviour is a continuous item — it exists for the entire program and for all times — which maps events on the bus to other events on the bus. It is an IO action as well — where widgets only sample the outside world and are in a sense read only, behaviours encapsulate reading and writing.