Evil code-sharing hacks?
erik at laptop.org
Mon Jul 28 09:03:06 EDT 2008
On Sun, Jul 27, 2008 at 12:59:37AM -0400, Michael Stone wrote:
> Here is a fun and amusing "easy weekend project" for an enterprising
> activity author:
> Implement a "code sharing" demo as follows:
> 1. stub out a collaborative "RemoteControl" activity (perhaps based on
> Chat, Xavier, or Distribute)...
> 2. which, when started fresh, asks you to select an activity
> compatible with RemoteControl to be launched in the container of the
> RemoteControl instance under the control of said instance,
> 3. which, when shared, causes both the RemoteControl instance and the
> controlled activity instance to be shared, and
What do you mean by "shared"?
> 4. which, when joined, transfers the code of the controlled activity
> to the joining RemoteControl instance which promptly instantiates its
> own controlled instance and directs that instance to join the shared
> controlled instance.
This specification roughly makes sense, but I don't understand the
motivation. Why would an activity author want to spend a weekend doing
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