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[REBOL] Re: RSL: Rebol Standard Library

From: joel:neely:fedex at: 23-May-2001 14:27

Hi, Maarten, Maarten Koopmans wrote:
> Proposal: > > Why not create the Rebol Standard Library (RSL)? > > As a community we can add to the strength of Rebol by adding > a free standard lib, free as in the BSD or MIT license >
> What we need: the RSL committee that makes releases of the > RSL and provides hosting. > Scripts!!! >
I submit that we need more than just "a standard library". Earlier this month, (8-9 May) we had a thread entitled Enabling the REBOL Community , which discussed the value to REBOL (the language, the company, and the community) of having the following: 1) A library of reusable code "units" 2) A standard taxonomy (e.g., logical structure) of such units. 3) Conventions for how the source code for such units should be structured. 4) Conventions for how such units are to be incorporated into new code under development. 5) Servers (plural!) which host identical copies of the entire library using the same taxonomic structure. 6) Client and server code that implements all of the above. I assume we want all of the above to be REBOL-centric. That means that -- by definition -- we reinvent some wheels in order to have REBOL-brand wheels. However, to avoid re-conceiving what a wheel *IS*, I recommend that we look at CPAN (and any other similar examples anyone wants to propose) for ideas on how the issues of functionality, communication, code base management, etc. might be addressed. I'll write a subsequent note to illustrate the kinds of question I suggest we address in (3) and (4).
> What we need: the RSL committee that makes releases of the > RSL and provides hosting. >
I'm willing to participate in all of the above, although I have limited time to spend on actually administering a publicly-accessible server at the present. -jn-