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[REBOL] Re: Some questions

From: pwoodward:cncdsl at: 24-Jan-2002 19:04

> 1. With Rebol Command, a developer has, among other things, the power to
> ODBC databases that are located on the server, right? I have never used > ODBC databases scripting, only DBF databases. Where exactly do these > databases reside (normally)?
It really depends on the configuration of the Data Source Name (DSN) under ODBC. The database behind the DSN could be "anywhere" the system running the script can connect to. Think of the DSN under ODBC as a stub or pointer used to connect to the database. That database could be stored on the local system (in the form of a DBF file for instance) or on some remote system (as would likely be the case if you were using Oracle or SQL Server).
> 2. Can a .r be compiled for speedier execution?
Someone can probably talk more about "encap" - but my current understanding is that typically server-side Rebol is not compiled.
> 3. In order to run a .r file from a server, does the server need some sort > of Rebol engine on it, or is the Rebol engine only on the client side?
> about accessing DB's and DLL's on the server side? Would a normal user
> forced into purchasing Rebol View Pro in order to access .r files that > control databases and access various DLL's? I'm a bit confused about
> one because all interpreted languages that I know of need the engine and > various modules to reside on the server to allow that sort of thing. If > things do need to be installed on the server, are there good Rebol hosts
> there?
Yes. The server would need some version or another of the Rebol environment installed. For ODBC connectivity this would probably be /Command. Using Rugby standard Rebol clients could connect to the server and leverage the ODBC connectivity supplied by one installation of /Command (and any DLLs used by scripts on the server). Or - the Server-side Rebol installation could be used to power an HTML/CGI interface. However - there don't seem to be a huge number of internet hosts offering Rebol.
> 4. Is it true to AOL is going to ship with Rebol built in? Does this mean > that AOL users will be able to run Rebol files without having to install a > special
Uhh - who knows? I think the big announcement was the whole P2P sharing thing, but maybe there's an AOL deal in the works. - Porter Woodward