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[REBOL] Re: Rebol SDK vs Command

From: jblake:arsenaldigital at: 18-Sep-2007 9:38

I've been reading this tread for a while now. 1. Having an app open source does have the affect of getting more things done in a shorter amount of time by more people, if those people want to contribute. If they don't, then all you have is another project on SourceForge. 2. Someone on the thread mentioned the "if you build it they will come" thingy doesn't work anymore. It depends on what you build. There was a thread on a "killer app" for Rebol. If an app was built using Rebol, and it was popular, then the coders/users would immediately look at what it was written in to see if they could do other apps in it. I personally use it when I can. Granted I am forced to NOT use it in some cases due to it not having a "system" command. I actually have this one process that launches a perl script to connect to oracle, then launch another perl script (different server) to execute commands remotely. That script launches Rebol to parse a txt file to load into a PHP ticketing system. Would I have wanted to just use Rebol everywhere? You bet. But I cant just go in and replace all perl/php scripts with Rebol. I have to gradually see what it can do and use it where I can. If the SOA part was not "beta", then I'd put in on the servers for use. I did use it to create a utility to auto generate tickets using a spreadsheet. I developed it on Linux and copied it to Windoze and worked like a champ. I did it within 2 days. Everyone immediately started asking what it was written in. The Java developers prob would have taken them 1 month to do it then we'd have to deal with Java versions,etc. John