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[REBOL] Re: zip file support wanted - help needed

From: jamesh:volition-inc at: 19-Mar-2001 11:42

Hmmm...this has degenerated quite a bit :) I think that REBOL differs from scripting languages in that it is mostly self-contained. You can do quite a bit without having any libraries or external programs AT ALL. As such, REBOL is quite the cross-platform language (note that I did not say "scripting language"). Still, it is difficult to live in a vaccuum. I have a Perl script I use for backups which makes use of a standard file compression program. I have not been able to use REBOL for the same purpose, even though it would be nicer than Perl. But there is no real problem here. If I want to access external commands, I can buy Command for, I think, $249. REBOL Technologies needs to stay in business somehow, so that's okay by me. Honestly, though, I can understand why paying that much just to be able to run external commands rubs some people the wrong way, especially in light of all the free languages that come with it standard. James