2012-01-31

addx's text or lexical handler

1.3: addx/addt (text handler):
[1.31: update:
addl is the lui = lexical user interface;
"(addle) also means unable to think clearly
-- just how many feel around terminals
or any command line interface! ]
[1.6: summary:
. my original vision of the addx system
would avoid the use of shell,
replacing all use of it with adde;
but in case people would prefer access via shell,
there should be a module specific to that need .
. the essential feature of other shells,
is that they use text as both the input and output,
hence the name add`text .
. the shell lets you pipe outputs of one command
to the inputs of another command,
and they all assume you are sending a text stream .
. the addt module presents a set of commands
that provide shell equivalents for everything in adde .
. the addt commands are wrappers
around addx commands that do translations
from adda and addm word code to equivalent ascii versions .
. if the addx equivalents need to be piped to or from
native shell commands,
then addt offers a translation between the native text,
and addx binary communications:
eg, some-unix-cmd | a2t | adda | t2a | another-unix-cmd .
. another idea, to avoid explicit use of {a2t, t2a},
is to have one shell within a shell like python has,
but it would emulate the native shell's language,
so that while you were still dealing with your favorite shell,
you could also mix it with addx library calls,
by having addt insert the needed conversion filters
before passing it on to the actual shell .]
1.3: intro:
. the c`main`argv and unix`conventions
(esp'ly the borne shell)
determine how the user at a command line
can communicate with a program:
the cli or shell determine how a command is parsed
into the array of ascii strings that the program sees .
1.3: first idea:
. addt is a cli tool that is first responder to
any text inputs:
. it converts text to ascii byte code
which can be passed to `main's argv .
. need to define an addx byte code that
represents addm and etree as ascii rather than ints .