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[REBOL] Re: Some thoughts around Rebol

From: ryanc:iesco-dms at: 13-Apr-2001 14:53

Rod Gaither wrote:
> This is going to be a hard thing for REBOL. > > 1. Big companies buy "applications" not technology platforms. >
I basically agree. In terms of software, I would say they buy systems or components in order to create systems or components. The important factor is why they buy them. I believe the answer is that they percieve it will solve a business problem. They will buy anything if they percieves it solves a business problem. From a marketing perspective, a technology platform is generally used as a concept that helps sell the systems or components. Business problem: The time it takes to write software systems. Solution: Use a more productive programming language, such as REBOL.
> 2. But, they buy those "applications" only for technology platforms > they have heard of - unless no other solution exists. :-( >
True, they usually dont go looking unless they have identified a business problem they cannot fix. In this case you must bring the business problem to thier attention. Technology platforms, as any concept, can work as a barrier. But it seems any barrier can be broken. For instance Java has a hold on the market partly because it is cross-platform. I think the the term "Write once, run anywhere" comes to mind. Is this true? Do you really write it just once, and it just up and runs anywhere. Thats not what I heard. If it does'nt do that, then its not really cross platform, is it? Does Java save you much time? REBOL on a crutch could run circles around Java. Twice as productive, three times, four times, or more, Im not sure. I wonder how that type of increase in efficency would translate to dollars? Java, and many others, succeed on some flimsy concepts. REBOL can easily overtake them. --Ryan