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[REBOL] Re: REBOL 3.0 mentioned on the blog!

From: tim-johnsons:web at: 14-Mar-2006 10:41

* Carl Read <> [060313 20:05]:
> I'm not scared by any minor inconsistencies with previous versions, > but that we'll just enter another wait and see mode. I'm not talking > about the language, but its promotion. There's zero buzz about REBOL, > despite it being useful enough now.
Hugely useful. It runs rings around python! See my previous post. Sell "freedom". Rebol is the most adaptable language that I have ever found and that can be very appealing to programmers who like freedom.
> There's no point in writing something for the plugin when it won't > work on any browser other than IE or any OS other than Windows, but at > least it's very good for CGI work. This doesn't seem to be known > about though, as hosting services that actively support REBOL are next > to non-existant. You'll get PHP, perl, python, Ruby on Rails and so > on, but no REBOL. Compare the results of a search for "ruby on rails > hosting" to one for "rebol hosting", then ask yourself, which has been > around the longer, Ruby on Rails or REBOL? > If we'd managed to get hosting companies interested in supporting > REBOL it might've been more popular now, but we didn't, and I think
Rebol's advantage is that it is very easy for a sysadmin to install. It is like the "sqlite" of languages. and BTW: I think sqlite and rebol are potentially a very good fit for small projects. I haven't yet tried btn-sqlite, but plan to soon.
> that window of opportunity is now gone.
Nah! Always will be new technology and the opportunity to "open" a "new window".
> The buzz now is for online, in-browser apps, with the leading > contender for dominance being AJAX. (Which just uses a bunch of > existing tech.) The REBOL plugin could be a contender in that space, > if only it was on all the popular browsers.
Bingo! (see above).
> Why will the proposed new features of REBOL 3 bring in more users? What will be its market?
Good point. tim -- Tim Johnson <>