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[REBOL] Re: General REBOL questions

From: al:bri:xtra at: 16-Jun-2002 18:16

Brian wrote:
> ...will the single executable ever get to the point where it's too large?
Just keep getting bigger and bigger. At what point would it become too large and cumbersome? At the moment, most Rebol.exe are around 500KB. OpenOffice is around 100MB, Forte for Java is around 125 MB (I think it's called something else now). For some people too large could be when it exceeds the capacity of a 1.44MB floppy disk. So Rebol still has the capacity to expand to around three times it's original size. I don't think this is a limitation, IMO.
> FYI - REBOL/View is already pretty tiny, so for the fun of it I compressed
it with the UPX executable packer and it shrank significantly more! It shrank from 503KB to 313KB! (38% smaller!) Here's the address for UPX: See what I mean? :)
> 2) How are obsolete features/protocols being retired? e.g. if REBOL
supports a protocol that no one uses enough anymore to justify it being in the executable, will they keep it in there indefinitely for backwards compatibility or are they removing/retiring those types of features with new versions? Currently the NEWS protocol is optional. It can be loaded by 'do-ing the script. Also the 'if/else construct I believe is obsolete; people can use 'either or 'if instead. I believe the difference is small in size. Andrew Martin ICQ: 26227169