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[REBOL] Re: REBOL, Flash and Browsers

From: petr:krenzelok:trz:cz at: 11-Mar-2003 17:28

[SunandaDH--aol--com] wrote:
>I've been working on the Library project. We've had to write the application >twice. Once as web-server CGIs (you'll see that at and once as >a stand-alone REBOL application (soon to be released, I hope). There is a lot >of common code between the two (much of the indexing and search function is >common; and 'layouts are massaged into html) but it is still two separate >applications. > >That's not nearly as bad as if we then had to port the REBOL application to >39 different operating environments, but it does point up a flaw in REBOL's >mission to be a "distributed collaborative platform". >
I am afraid now I don't understand? What does have Rebol distributed collaborative platform have in common with the need to deploy two philosophically different environments? Because - knowing IOS, we know Rebol is "distributed collaborative platform" and the worst thing imo is - to mix two worlds into one. I prefer clean IOS aproach and html (or other formats) as an output device. But I may miss the point here. But you may be correct if you meant that: 1) rebol cross platform support may be a bit shaky ... ("old" platforms left behind - AmigaOS, BeOS, some of them not providing business oportunity probably - QNX, Symbian, while the latter may be important in regards to mobile devices ..) 2) deployment of rebol is a bit difficult - non /Pro users completly left out - no shell, no libraries ... /Command - no ActiveX, COM etc., overall - no CLI for .NET, browser or other environmental (OS) hooks? etc etc. Note that I am not flaming here, just trying to think loudly - e.g. - is rebol a java competitor or would it be better to have rebol-for-java? Wouldn't it take Rebol PLATFORM onto devices, which support java but have no direct rebol port? 3) critical mass adoption - if not used by many, it is difficult to provide rebol-only solution (e.g. forgetting html interface to library page) If we had at least browser plug-in, separate app could be started ... The question is - what is the most important of all of our thousand wishes? Because - there may be also other way ... to make rebol better and better - I mean mainly thru kernels advancements developments, allowing Rebol to be used for kind of projects we have to better forget about nowadays ... cheers, -pekr-