My take is that Director is ideal for creating complex graphical user interfaces that involves displaying and manipulating graphical objects on the screen. So it is certainly well-suited for developing a COSA Editor. Since third-party extensions can be used for database access, it should not be too hard to create a keyword-browsable object repository for COSA modules/components. I am not sure how a Director application can send and receive messages to other running applications but I suspect it can be done. I’m thinking that the COSA Editor should have the ability to communicate directly with a running COSA virtual machine (CVM). This way, a COSA developer could easily modify a running COSA application on the fly. There should be no need for compiling or saving the app to a file, in my opinion. Visually tracing signal flow within a running application would be nice as well.
Having said that, I think that writing a COSA Editor and a CVM is a major undertaking, regardless of the chosen tool. I had intended to start a dev project and let others finish it but, the more I think about it, the more I realize that it’s not going to work out. A lot of thought must go into designing, not only the user interface, but also the underlying data structures for each and every COSA effector and sensor. So I am back to where I started: I can’t do it. I just can’t devote the time to it. Unless somebody or some organization is willing to dump some serious money into this project, I am afraid that Project COSA will continue to be just an idea whose time has not yet arrived. And by serious money, I am talking about at least ten million dollars because, in my opinion, design and development of a COSA-compatible, fine-grain, multicore CPU and a COSA embedded operating system must happen more or less concurrently.
So this is how it stands, for now. The world will just have to continue to make do with crappy multicore CPUs, crappy operating systems and crappy programming languages, not to mention all the bug-infested software. Oh well. No need to despair, though. COSA is getting a fair share of publicity, these days. Sooner or later, something is bound to happen.