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I have spent my entire career, since October 13, 1973, out of
the mainstream. First, it was working on Burroughs computers
when IBM was king, now it is unix and GNU/Linux when
Microsoft is king, and all that time it was in COBOL as
COBOL descended into the status (in the popular press at
least) of a "dead" language.
I heard of Carl when I purchased an Amiga 1000, and his
name led me to his essay on bringing "personal" back
into personal computers. From there I was led to REBOL,
and I purchased version 1.0 and hoped to learn it. Carl's
reputation, plus my sympathy with the idea of more
accessible programming, made me think that REBOL
would eventually become a big thing.
Unfortunately, as Edsger Dijkstra commented, a quarter
of a century of COBOL does seem to "cripple the mind,"
so I always have had some difficulty getting into the new
ways of thinking, where code can be data, data can be
code, there are no reserved words, no punctuation, etc.
I still slave in the COBOL coding pits, but I use REBOL
at work now and then for some of the things that it does
well. I have a couple COBOL programs that call REBOL
scripts to send email. I have a couple REBOL utility
programs that move data among our different computers,
including a primitive cross-system editor that runs on a
Windows computer to read, edit, and save a text file on
a unix computer. I have a couple ideas for personal
projects that await some free time at home.
I lurk on the mailing list a lot, and have found the members
VERY helpful, and especially willing to answer basic
questions. I keep trying to think of some REBOL project
at work that would require the presence of REBOL
on every (400+) computer. I like the idea of a
system-independent tool. There should be no such thing
as a Windows program, or a Macintosh program, or a
Linux program. Write once, run anywhere (rah, rah, rah).