[squeak-dev] Re: Virtual System Window

Chris Muller asqueaker at gmail.com
Wed Feb 17 19:25:42 UTC 2010

I am very interested in Gary's question too.  I've long wanted a
"FirefoxMorph" that is, basically, just the "content area" of the
firefox (or any decent browser) window, as a plain rectangle which
could be embedded into another Morph.  Of course, I would want the
FirefoxMorph to give me access to the browser via a minimal Smaltalk
API for operating the FirefoxMorph, but they would simply be forwarded
to a real running Firefox executable.

Such a thing could allow great integration of the web _within_ the
Squeak environment.

Forget whether something like this is available now; I'm sure it
isn't.  But it is even *possible*?

On Mon, Feb 8, 2010 at 8:36 PM, Andreas Raab <andreas.raab at gmx.de> wrote:
> Gary Dunn wrote:
>> On Mon, 08 Feb 2010 17:06:59 -0800 Andreas Raab <andreas.raab at gmx.de>
>> wrote:
>>> Gary Dunn wrote:
>>>> Does Squeak have a class that provides a window with content coming from
>>> a host GUI
>>> systcm app such as Firefox? I see something like that in Cobalt. I found
>>> a
>>> simple shell
>>> capability but nothing that can display a windowed app.
>>> I think what you've seen in Cobalt was based on VNC access to a remote
>>> machine. If that's what you're looking for check out the RFB package which
>>> implements the VNC protocol.
>> Thanks, Andreas. I will do that. Remember how Windows when it was new
>> could overcome missing functionality by running apps like MultiMate and
>> Lotus 1-2-3 in a window? That's what I want for Squeak except extended to
>> support X.
> Well, if you're trying to go X only, you can probably check how some of the
> fancy new 3D window manager handle offscreen rendering of applications to
> support compositing and do something similar instead of using VNC.
> Cheers,
>  - Andreas

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