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[REBOL] Re: rot13

From: greggirwin:mindspring at: 14-Dec-2003 23:18

Hi Julian, Thanks so much for chiming in here! JS> - no open source compiler for the language... R# is an open source effort that has been started in that regard. JS> - a lot of things seem magic... That's one of the things I like about it. :) I gravitate towards human friendly of languages, so the fact that things work magically is OK with me. While it would be great to be able to define infix operators and our own datatypes, I'd want to know what I would have to give up to get it. Those topics do come up here from time to time, and I think someone has even proposed a partial solution for custom datatypes. JS> - it doesn't seem to do anything that my existing languages don't do. There are a number of things I think REBOL does better than other languages, if they do them at all: - Built-in portable GUI system - Built-in pseudo-BNF dialect for easily constructing embedded languages - Easy deployment and no need to build/compile anything to use it (small deployment size too!) - Love those datatypes. :) - Data is code and code is data, in a very usable way Of course, a lot of what drives us to use a particular language is subjective; based on our preferences, perspectives, and current body of knowledge. I think Ruby is a nice language, but I'm not "drawn" to it. I have OCaml here, but it just doesn't "grab" me. Use what you like and have fun! -- Gregg