Compose will only run under RISC OS
. It is not currently available for Windows, Linux or any other operating system except RISC OS. Compose has been tested on the Iyonix
and the A9Home
. It should also run on other RISC OS machines and the Virtual Acorn
If you're just looking for a copy of Compose, you can skip straight to the Downloads
Compose is a visual programming language that uses hyper-pipes between applications to allow componentised applications to be built graphically.
Various components are available to be used with the main Compose application. These components are specially designed applications in their own right. To create a program, components are dragged onto the Compose canvas where they appear as icons. They can be moved around the canvas, and links can be created between components that allow one component to transfer data to another component. Data transfer works in a very similar way to Unix pipes, except that whilst pipes are 1-dimensional, in Compose there can be many links between components. Compose applications are therefore built up by dragging links between components on the two dimensional canvas.
Once components have been linked on the Compose canvas, the whole application can be executed as if it is one program. The Compose application then works as an intermediary to the other components to martial data and send control messages to the components.
Compose is open source software with an MIT style licence.
Below are a few screenshots from Compose. For more information about Compose, see the manuals that can be downloaded below.
A chat client constructed using Compose.
Some of the components included with the Compose application.
Universal Turing Machine constructed using Compose (click to enlarge).
You can view the Compose User Manual and the Compose Technical Manual in PDF format by clicking on the links below. Both of these manuals are also included in the program and source download archives shown in the download section below.
The Compose/zip download below contains the main Compose program and a number of components. If you just want to create Compose programs then this is all you need.
The CompSrc/zip download contains all of the files contained in the Compose/zip archive, along with all of the source files for the main Compose application and all of the components contained in the archive. If you want to create Compose programs, and build your own version or create new components, then this is all you need.
Both archives also contain the User and Technical manuals.
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