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From: news:ted:husted at: 21-Sep-2000 23:27

> Java came in later in the game, successfully aquiring the cross
platform category, but too late and under equiped to gain popularity anywhere else. Such as my father always says, "a day late and a dollar short." Java was actually developed and available for many years before it became popular. My point is that it became popular when Sun used to to developed a working browser. And bang ... it took off. That's what REBOL needs, a useful application that people can point to and say "it works!"
>PERL was created awhile before Java, and I would expect had "first in
mind" to many of us for many categories, Again, my point here is not being able to hide the source hasn't stopped people from developing killer Perl applications.The fact that Perl is ridiculous and ugly didn't stop them either. What started them is that Larry began by writing useful, working applications, and people followed his lead. In contrast, Carl began by writing very cool test programs, and so that's been the REBOL status quo ever since. A good example is the List Archiver at REBOL.ORG. It uses some very cool technology, which I barely understand, to archive and index the messages. Unfortunately, the script is quick and dirty, and difficult to abstract into a toolkit or port to another site. Which is a pity, since it could easily be used to archive any type of email, not just the REBOL list. -Ted.