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[REBOL] Re: language shoot-out :-)

From: edanaii:cox at: 4-Nov-2002 21:26

Ed O'Connor wrote:
>--- Ed Dana wrote: > >>Thinking about it further, competitors should be >>limitted to languages that are truly cross-platform >>compatible. >> >> > >?!?! This is shaky ground. Not a good idea, IMO. > >>And that should be one of the grading >>criteria; how well does it perform on >>different hardware. >> >> > >Now we're getting more complex. Our choice of hardware >configuration will inevitably be disputed and >challenged. > >>This would remove a few contenders, including VB. :) >> >> > >Wouldn't that defeat the purpose? By disqualifying >noteworthy contenders, we diminish broad-appeal of the >comparison. > >We should impartially compare the benefits/features of >REBOL to other popular languages. If REBOL performs >well, it stands to attract potential new users. If >some of those new users are from VB (or RealBasic, >Basic, etc.), I'd consider that a far greater victory >than if we had disqualified those languages due to >"impurity". >
It was a thought, nothing more. Carl was suggesting that such a competition should not have too many players. I agree. Especially for the idea that I was playing with. So I chose an arbitrary delimiter, one that I consider of critical importance in this modern computing era. This would limit the competition to the three main tools I'm interested in: Java, REBOL and Eiffel.(There are others, of course). But if you wanna include VB, why not? If, however, you crack that door, then others may want to be let in, and then you have the issue Carl was concerned about, lots and lots of programs, too much for most people to absorb, and certainly too much for the poor bastard that has to maintain the site. :) Of course, another delimiter could be chosen too. Like maybe the 10 most popular languages in the world. You might wanna be careful with that kind of choice, it could leave REBOL out of the competition. -- Sincerely, | We're Human Beings, with the blood of a million Ed Dana | savage years on our hands! But we can stop it! We Software Developer | can admit we're killers, but we're not going to 1Ghz Athlon Amiga | kill today. That's all it takes! Knowing that we're | not going to kill... Today! -- Star Trek.