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[REBOL] Re: How to get Rebol forward ... (was) Re: Re: SVG dialect project

From: greggirwin:mindspring at: 27-Apr-2003 16:35

Good to see people still thinking about how to improve things! I don't have any great answers, but I'll chip in with some thoughts. Fragmentation is both good and bad. It means we have options, and different ways of looking at things. It can also lead to confusion when it isn't clear if they are all attempting to be compatible, or what the reasons are for each to exist. There is always an ebb and flow to things, so we can't let the slow times get us down. I'm not very active in the public forums right now because I'm readying a product for beta. The software is all REBOL, and there are hardware elements as well. So, while it might appear that I'm not doing much, I'm actually doing a lot with, and for, REBOL. My current schedule also means that the library project is kind of on hold at the moment (Sunanda is off line for a while as well). We have great hopes for it, but we still have a bit to do before it becomes really useful. The hard part with lots of projects - those that take any significant amount of time that is - is that you need someone to lead them. Usually, one or two people start a project, then others will join, but you need the people with the vision for a long time. That takes commitment; and it's easy to over-commit. I have tons of projects I want to do, but I have to focus (which I'm not very good at sometimes :) on just a few at a time. Time is a big issue. I don't think manpower is so much of an issue though. I.e. 2 or 3 people can do a lot with REBOL. Communication is very important, and that's where the fragmentation may hurt us most. I hope Graham's new wiki does well and, eventually, we'll get the library to a state where it's a useful tool as well, along with the other sites and tools people are using now. To sum up, I can see lots of room for improvement, but I don't think things are all that bad right now. :) -- Gregg