[REBOL] Rebol Player Wish list
From: garymiller::starband::net at: 17-Jul-2002 14:36
Has there every been any talk of releasing the Rebol
language as an embedded API.
If the interpreter was callable as a library from your
program, you could do a slick user interface another
language such as VB.Net and call Rebol passing it a script
or a do %filename command.
I like Rebol from the standpoint that I can do some very
powerful things in little code, but is the View portion
really up to doing commercial quality look and feel
applications without a lot of complexity?
If the API was developed in MONO the OpenSource .Net clone,
it would still be cross-platform to many environments. The
API would then be callable from any Microsoft .Net language
VB.Net, C#, J#, C++, and also be callable from any code
developed with the MONO project OpenSource compiler.
As it stands now, if I develo and distribute an application
with Rebol, I am basicly giving away the source code too,
since all the scripts are in readable ASCII test.
Even if you wrote a stub that decrypted the rest of the
Rebol scripts into memory you'd have still to create the
startup stub in plaintext and from there anybody could
still get to the decryption key and encrypted scripts.
Or maybe even a Rebol compiler which produced a binary file
that could not be modified.
To attract commercial developers some method of protecting
code and algorithms seems to be necessary.
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