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[REBOL] Re: XP with rebol?

From: joel::neely::fedex::com at: 11-Mar-2002 14:14

Hi, Maarten, and all, Maarten Koopmans wrote:
> I have used Rebol in a very large project (in Rebol terms): > up to 16.000 lines of code. > > Using VI, CVS and two other programmers this was enough to > outcompete any other backoffice app. > > Then comes the standardization mob.... but in time it will > survive. And REBOL is *suitable* for programming in the > large, just divide and conquer. That's the why of Rugby... >
My comments weren't intended to be negative about REBOL, just my impression that while it is a good notation for trying out and expressing some interesting programming ideas, the present state of the language/implementation doesn't inherently do anything special to solve the kinds of issues that arise during multiple-programmers-over-long-time-frames projects. I'm certainly not suggesting that REBOL renders such projects infeasible (nor, for that matter, does assembler ;-) It's just that success at such projects may tell more about the skills, coordination, and dedication of the team members than about the language(s) they used. Given the high regard that this community (including myself) has for Maarten and the portions of his work that we've seen, it's not terribly surprising that he and his collegues could do some impressive work! -jn-