Thursday, July 19, 2007

Generating stand-alone Mac OS X applications from Factor

This is all subject to change, but right now, the following works:
USE: tools.deploy
"" "tetris" H{ { deploy-compiled? t } { deploy-ui? t } }

After a rather slow bootstrap and deploy process, you're left with, 2.2 Mb in size. Of this, 1.3 Mb is the FreeType font rendering library; soon, Factor will use native font rendering on Mac OS X, thus we won't have to ship FreeType anymore.

A lot remains to be done: we need a graphical way to configure the deployment tool (there are a lot of switches which can be toggled in the hashtable passed to, and there needs to be an automated way of packaging required resources and native libraries with the app. And of course, deployment of native Linux and Windows binaries is a whole other kettle of fish. But over time, all of this will be implemented.


Daniel Ehrenberg said...

Cool! I'm wondering, though: will this support compilation to different platforms, or just the one you're working on?

Slava Pestov said...

Dan, the tree-shaker and stand-alone image deployment tool work on any platform. They just produce an image. The .app bundler is an additional layer on top which is Mac OS X-specific.