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[REBOL] Re: The future of Rebol - achieving critical mass

From: petr:krenzelok:trz:cz at: 21-May-2001 13:59

Hello Geoff, 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 possible) -pekr- Geoff Caplan wrote: