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From: news:ted:husted at: 21-Sep-2000 18:06

On 9/21/2000 at 4:03 PM [RChristiansen--pop--isdfa--sei-it--com] wrote:
>RT depends on developers to create applications to show that REBOL is
a viable alternative. In real life, it's never been about which platform is better, it's always been about which applications are better. Java was ignored for years (ironically, the years when we needed it the most), until Sun finally wrote a browser with it. That was the proof of concept that pulled Java up by it's bootstraps. It's not enough to roll out the barrel, you have tap the keg. Express could easily do this for REBOL, if it ever ships. But something like it should have been done already. The RT team has poured out dozens of sample scripts demonstrating useful snippets, but what's really need is actual working applications. Successful language vendors have often bundled fully functional text editors and databases with their packages, or worked closely with tool vendors who write "the rest of the language."
>Meanwhile, developers of the open source persuasion see tractor
application development as RT's responsibility, feeling REBOL itself could be maintained by the open source community. With the proper support structure, this community could definately help with the development of REBOL, and release some of the paid staff for other work. But I sincerely doubt that REBOL Corporate has the proper mindset to make open source work for them. Heck, unlike everyone else in the industry, open or closed, they can't bear to publish so much as a bug list. -Ted.