Module proposals status

ihab.awad at ihab.awad at
Tue May 18 13:37:26 PDT 2010

Hi folks,

Having done some thinking, I believe the best direction forward is now
to focus our energies on Sam and Dave's "simple modules" proposal,
making sure it meets all use cases including those of a secure subset.

Last week, I wrote up a candidate strawman wherein module singletons
would be layered on top of purely generative modules:

What I found is that, due to the different requirements of how modules
are named and what these names designate, modules written to one
pattern are not usefully modeled as a special case of the other
pattern; they are really just two different ways of thinking about
modular code. The result is that singleton modules with support for a
secure-mode loader that only accepts transitively immutable modules
(as originally suggested by Sam) is just as good for secure code as a
pure maker-style implementation.

The work is not complete, by any means, but I think this realization
means we may make quite a bit of progress. Cheers,


Ihab A.B. Awad, Palo Alto, CA

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