[REBOL] Re: The future of Rebol - achieving critical mass
From: petr:krenzelok:trz:cz at: 21-May-2001 13:59
very shortly, as I am pressed for time:
- we definitely need per component pricing model. While I am not currently
interested in Oracle component (we have DB2 here :-), I would love to even buy
FastCGI, but in no way I will spent some 350 USD, unless it is our company money
:-) So just for you - RT already stated there are going to be run-time
loadable/unloadable dynamic components avaiblable, so let's hope the future is
not so much far away ...
- although I am not computer sound folk, sound component in non-free version of
Rebol doesn't make much sense imo
- /Apache was cancelled. Currently there is only FastCGI option, but it comes
with /Command only - so hobby or smaller web projects are dead with Rebol - who
is interested in CGI if PHP or other direct Apache modules are available?
- Rebol killer app - so, maybe you consider Perl as being so popular, but, as
for me - newcomer to web programming - Perl for e.g. would not be buy for me.
Maybe Python - but then - Rebol is very ambitious here. It is very young
language. Although we don't have Zope e.g., we do have Express - it's really
very well thought out and cool collaboration platform.
Maybe some kind of Authoring tool would be good too, but the question is - what
should it serve for? I can imagine creation of dbase based apps, so you place
items on screen, create update mechanisms, views etc. - but that's me - having
dbase background. Last week I saw presentation of Hybris Jakarta. Java based -
it was not so difficult to imagine similar functionality in Rebol - you have
just project tree and can import various java beans, simply said objects with
exposed apis. You are not dependant on app author - you can just incorporate any
java bean around ... I can imagine small "reblets" floating around ...
... but .... how large is Rebol community to create all those apps? I hope Rebol
will gain some more public acceptance soon. We all can help. I for e.g. wrote
article about Rebol to one Czech computer magazine, and I am thinking about
writing another one covering Rebol/View. We need more publicity.
One other important question - imagine corporate sphere - all companies have
their existing IT infrastructure already. What do Rebol (or other scripting
solution) offers them to choose it as part of solution? Maybe Rebol/Command has
some advantage here because of its database capabilities, but maybe it would be
worth the money to enable incorporation of Rebol into external environments? (if
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