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[REBOL] Re: CitrusWeb sample - so you want to edit?

From: moliad:aei:ca at: 21-Mar-2004 10:21

Hi Ed, I agree with all you say, I'm just continuing the discussion... :-)
> As a developer, I like that there is now a new option for deploying REBOL > apps. Despite the obvious benefits of the plug-in approach, however, there > are some potential problems:
for me, It just allows me to install my app once and then use wherever I go.. (well, there has to be IE), but I have to admit that there always is where I work.
> - Users cannot view your browser-based Reblet until they download the > plug-in and lower their browser security. Many simply won't do this just for > a website/app.
But if I have to say on the site, that they have to INSTALL an exe... I don't think it will be much better... at least, now I can package a file-less version which can demo the application... If they are still interested, then they can install the full application. who nows, I might even use an http/cgi-based file access within the code, to let the application save and load data on a central server...
> - Browser-based applets/flash interfaces (esp. those that require > installation of a plug-in) are widely opposed by the Internet users. Java > and Flash first made their first forays in the browser, and the backlash > adversely impacted their adoption on the desktop.
yep. but we are moving the other way... we never depended on it... so the user's conception is slightly different, especially if a tool is deployed as I described above.
> - Plug-in versioning. This was one of the main headaches of using plug-ins > in the past.
well, so far, every new release of a rebol tool replaces itself. I guess, if they change the magic number of the plugin, then apps, will simply use the version of the plugin for which it was created. By what I hear of josh, they want concurent versions of the rebol plugin to exist on any computer. to make older scripts usable even in 10 years... as long as the platform still executes the plugin, I guess.
> I don't want to sound negative about the plug-in, because I really am happy > to have it available as an option. However, I expect announcements to the > various communities as well as the industry/press to be mostly indifferent.
just as they are about rebol itself. ;-)
> Hopefully REBOLers will create some jaw-dropping apps that bring about a > broad-scale re-evaluation of REBOL's great capabilities.
This is what I hope/expect. This is what I aim bloodstone to be. since many rpg players ARE programmers, then it might convert some of them, when they see just how powerfull rebol really CAN be. cheers! -MAx