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[REBOL] Rebol VS Browser

From: ben_dempsey::hotmail::com at: 20-Feb-2003 21:24

Hello everyone. Ive been keeping my eye on Rebol for a few weeks now as an alternative to dynamic HTML based applications. Before i continue just want to state my background: Programmer Analyst (currently unemployed - market horrible) Built a few J2EE based applications, VB, Powerbuilder, MS ASP. Knowledge of networking, Database Design. What I'm looking for in a development environment is a separation of GUI, data access, and business logic layers where the GUI is executed on the client, and the others are ran on the server. Currently the J2EE, .NET environment are doing this but only support HTML front ends. I guess they now refer to this as "X-Internet" applications. I do know that Java and .NET have GUI implementations, but they are not internet based AKA Fat clients. I have found some technologies that do this: Canoo ULC Trying to avoid Java - to much complication for something that should be easy - plus the license on these is expensive. Esual Dont really know much about this one - Java based Most likely expensive. Altio Looks ok - custom GUI framework $$$$ AppStream Cool technology - completely different then what im looking for I'm just stating this to help understand what I'm looking for, and if Rebol is comparable or if Rebol is more of a scripting tool like Perl, Python etc. So the question from me : is Rebol currently or moving in the direction of these type of application platforms? Internet Based - Changes and updates to code done on server, and not needed on client Nice GUI - a better user experience , HTML is pathetic Database Layer / Resource pooling on the Server - connection management (pooling), drivers only needed on server, scalability, something like Java application servers take care of (Websphere, Weblogic etc.) Business Logic on Server - server handles all logic, connections using SOAP, Web Services, native libraries Platform Independent An important thing to me as being able to develop applications using the platform without spending thousands of dollars. I like the Oracle model, can basically download any app and develop with it, but a license is required to put it into a production environment. Thanks for reading my gibberish hehe. Ben Dempsey