[REBOL] Over 40 Platforms make for good press, but.... Re:(4)
From: jackseay:earthlink at: 24-Sep-2000 4:06
[carl--cybercraft--co--nz] said at Ò[REBOL] Re: Over 40 Platforms make for
good press, but.... Re:(2)Ó.
-> Gotta go with the status quo.
-That's an attitude that might make sense if you believe the future
-will just be like the present, and I'd probably agree with you if the
-roads were still full of black Model Ts, but they're not and so I
I also don't believe Winxx, Macxx, and *nix are the OS's that will be
used by most people 10 years from now. They won't be able to compete
with the new generation of OS's, of which BeOS, QNX and Amiga/Elate
are examples. Even these will probably be surpassed in a few years.
We probably won't even call them OS's anymore, but distributed agent/
objects or something. They will have multi-dimensional unbreakable
links, automatic version archiving and comparison, no configuration
problems, be multi and distributed processing, and will adapt to the
user instead of forcing the opposite. They will provide for automatic
or easy payments of royalties, allow simple comment adding to any
document, and won't require years of study to be able to produce an
interactive document-program. And your whole work setup and all files
will be securely and instantly at your service from any computer on
the net. Every computer will be both server and client without
requiring a computer science degree to configure and protect. You
can't do all this using the status quo, but it can all be done, and
is in development right now.
-I don't see a future with just a few OSs having 90% of the market,
-dozens of them and in every device imaginable. And of course,
-they'll all be chattering to each other over the Net. This is why
-cross-platform matters. The future is probably no OS with more than
-20% of the market - when you include phones in the market...
This will make cross-platform languages and data the norm.
-Like you I also drooled over an Atari 800, but bought a ZX81
-Had two Commodore 64s since then, three Amigas... And you know what?
- I'm sick of leaving my programs behind with each change of platform,
-or having them become useless because of an OS upgrade. I'm also
-sick of having to learn new programming languages with every switch
-of platform. REBOL's probably a nice language, (give me time:), but
-if it wasn't cross-platform I wouldn't be here.
My computer history is almost identical to yours: ZX81, C64, 4
Amigas, and 2 Mac laptops. In the future, I also want to have data
and programs that will follow me to my next system, or I should say
follow me around.
Jack Seay [jackseay--usa--net] http://home.earthlink.net/~jackseay/jack