[REBOL] Re: REBOL, Flash and Browsers
From: petr:krenzelok:trz:cz at: 11-Mar-2003 17:28
>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 www.rebol.org) 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
>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 ...