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[REBOL] Re: Tuples - Was Pair! thread

From: robbo1mark:aol at: 8-Feb-2002 12:43

Hi, Romano, What I mean by mainstream is that REBOL gains enough traction with users and developers that the market for REBOL products, be this interpreters, applications, books, tutorials, websites etc. becomes more active and self enforcing. Just a quick look at computer stores / magazines / websites / bookstores / IT emplyment opprotunities etc. is enough to show you that REBOL isn't barely noticeable even in relation to other new small time languages like Ruby. PERL, Visual Basic, Java, C, C++, C#, Delphi, Python, Javascript, HTML, even Lisp / Scheme / ML / Haskell have a more noticeable profile than REBOL and this hasn't changed much since 1998 when I first encountered REBOL. We had a brief period about two years ago when the 2 english language books came out, but nothing since then. At my local bookstore these two REBOL titles have sat in the clearance shelfs at bargain basement prices and still nobody buys them. News articles, books, conferences, new applications, upgrades, job vacancies etc happen for these other languages every other day / week / month. RT inc are doing a great job in advancing REBOL but they are a very small in terms of manpower and there is only so much they can do with the resources they have, that is why they could be considered a bottleneck as virtually everything major in relation to REBOL has to happen through them. Becoming multivendor and / or open source is the only way I can see REBOL ever taking off as a technology unless RT Inc are bought out by one of the industry giants who would then hopefully promote REBOL and give it a higher level of visibility and commit greater resources to it. None of these scenarios is by any means a certainty. I hope for the best, and try to increase my understanding of the multifaceted aspects of REBOL in the belief that someday I might in someway make a contribution to greater choice & growth of REBOL as a technology. cheers everybody, Mark Dickson In a message dated Fri, 8 Feb 2002 11:58:11 AM Eastern Standard Time, "Romano Paolo Tenca" <[rotenca--telvia--it]> writes: