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[REBOL] Re: Commercializing Rebol

From: gjones05:mail:orion at: 16-May-2001 10:15

From: "Ken Anthony"
<snip> > When I'm working on something, I want all the pieces exposed and layed
> in front of me. > > When I give it to my customer, I want it in one package. <snip>
And this is precisely how the TclKit-MetaKit combination works. Your development files are laid out as you like them, but the TclKit scripting document creator program combines them into a single, executable file. The components are reached through the database system. The end user only sees and deals with the one file in a typical scenario (as always, there is a little more to the story...). It is the concept on which I am focusing, and the concept seems very neat. It also seems "doable" in REBOL, at least in principle. Problems remain; this solution is hardly a panacea. KA> I will worry about size and how to update. While in principle, incremental KA> updates are a neat idea, in practice it just leads to job security in the KA> support department. Oh, so true. Just supporting my wife's cobbled together eBay and website management scripts is more work than I care for it to be, but I believe that a scripted document-type approach would be easier in our case. As an aside, one might ask why not just use Tcl/Tk and the aforementioned package. I was going to, but I have this mental block on the Tk model for a gui. I just never got up to speed in Tk, certainly in comparison to /View VID. This single, "scripted document" arrangement is a very compelling concept to me, putting aside, for the moment, Petr K's well founded and easily understood concerns. I have additional and, as yet, unexpressed concerns and reservations. One is the idea that any data is ever encoded in a non-directly readable format. Legacy problems become built-in, and this seems to be a bad design choice make from the very outset! I take some consolation that the solution mentioned is open source, and that the binary is cross-platform compatible without need for translation of endians, etc. I guess I always want my cake and to eat it too. I want the information to be stored in a human-readable format and yet quickly addressable and compressed! --Scott Jones