[whatwg] Global Script proposal

Michael Nordman michaeln at google.com
Fri Aug 21 12:47:27 PDT 2009

I'm confused about the manual loading of the script into the context? The
original proposal called for providing a script url when creating/connecting
to an instance of a global-script... in which case each client page
expresses something more like...
globalScript = new GlobalScript(scriptUrl);
globalScript.onload = myFunctionThatGetsCalledWhenTheScriptIsLoaded;
// some time later onload fires, if the script was already loaded, its
called on the next time thru the message loop

... the system (not the client pages) keep track of how many client pages
are concurrently accessing the same GlobalScript.

On Fri, Aug 21, 2009 at 6:37 AM, Patrick Mueller <pmuellr at muellerware.org>wrote:

> Patrick Mueller wrote:
>> Time to work on some examples.  This would relatively easy to prototype in
>> something like Rhino (or my nitro_pie python wrapper for JavaScriptCore), at
>> least API wise, so we could see what the user-land code would look like, and
>> see it run.
> I developed a simulator for this yesterday.  My big take away is that the
> current shape leaves users in a batteries-not-included state.
> Here's the kind of code I had to write to arrange to create a new scope and
> load a single script in it from multiple windows.  Each window would run
> this code in it's own context.
> function loadLibrary(scopeName, script, callback) {
>    var scope = getSharedScope(scopeName);
>    // script already loaded in the scope
>    if (scope.__loaded) {
>        callback(scope, scope.__callback_data);
>    }
>    // script not yet done loading
>    else if (scope.__loading) {
>        scope.__onLoadedListeners.push(callback);
>    }
>    // first one in!  much work to do ...
>    else {
>        scope.__loading = true;
>        scope.__onLoadedListeners = [];
>        function handler(callback_data) {
>            scope.__loaded        = true;
>            scope.__loading       = false;
>            scope.__callback_data = callback_data;
>            callback(scope, callback_data);
>            for (var i=0; i<scope.__onLoadedListeners.length; i++) {
>                scope.__onLoadedListeners[i](scope, callback_data);
>            }
>        }
>        scope.runScript(script, {handler: handler});
>    }
>    return scope;
> }
> I changed the GlobalScript() constructor to a getSharedScope() function (at
> the top), and the load() function to a runScript() function which takes
> parameters including a callback function.
> I'm of two minds here.
> One is that the SharedScope proposal is really only appropriate for pages
> with lots of JavaScript that could be shared, or special use cases where you
> want (eventually) easy sharing between windows.  As such, s smallish amount
> of JS framework-y-ness like this isn't a show stopper. In fact, as spec'd,
> separating out the scope and script loading, will let folks build
> mini-frameworks for themselves fairly easily, customized to their own needs.
> On the other hand, I wonder about the potential benefits of letting more
> people play in the space easier.  The securable module work in the serverjs
> projects it a bit easier to use out of the box.  I'm not sure they have an
> async story though, and async loading of scripts is where this stuff quickly
> gets complicated.
> --
> Patrick Mueller - http://muellerware.org
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