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From: news:ted:husted at: 21-Sep-2000 19:57

On 9/22/2000 at 8:51 AM [allen--rebolforces--com] wrote:
> You are starting to sound a little disheartened in your recents
posts.. :-( Oh, I've always been a little cranky, just haven't been posting as much. The sad part is I'm still saying the same things I said a year ago. My concern is that people get so excited about REBOL as a language, they overlook its basic needs as a competitive product. It would be nice to see thoughtful, efficient design actually win for a change.
> Now with /command and Ralph's forthcoming e-commerce book, REBOL for
server-side db work will be easier to pitch. I would expect to see growth in this area over the next year (can we do ssl? though). Actually, what first attracted me to REBOL was an article that mentioned someone who was doing all their ecommerce applications in REBOL. See relatively few posts about this sort of thing though. Though, I think most of the people who would use REBOL for eCommerce don't have access to an ODBC or Oracle database. I'd like to see the marketing research on that decision.
> If we had the ability to compile code / or hide source in
distributions, it would help spur the development of 3rd party add-on industry and the off the shelf apps too. Maybe. But PHP and Perl don't have this, and apps are legion. Meanwhile, Java does have this are apps are relatively sparse. Realistically, I think the biggest difference is probably Apache Mod support. The Java apps seem to be waxing with the solid progress they are making with Apache support. So if /APACHE every ships ...
> Since money is currently to be made in writting custom solutions in
REBOL, it is not surprising that many of the REBOL apps don't see the public light Be interesting to at least see some of these listed on people's resumes, or a developer's exchange on REBOL Web site. It's also commonplace for a developers to write a general version of a custom application, or to customize a general app, but we don't seem to see much of that either. -Ted.