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[REBOL] Re: Scope? Any advice would be appreciated.

From: rebol:techscribe at: 30-Jan-2001 21:32

Hi David, I was talking about versions of the software that came out in the mid or late eighties. At the time the packages you mentioned were competing on the DBMS market. I think this would also be true for 4GL languages, even if they were not marketed as a companion product to a proprietary DBMS technology. Their fate is determined by the dynamics of the DBMS market. If a DBMS company eventually takes over a significant market share (Oracle), then it sets standards not only with respect to the DBMS itself, but also with respect to accompanying products. I believe that, in contrast, REBOL is competing on what has been traditionally the scripting or programming languages market. Here the dynamics may be a little different. A DBMS oriented product (also 4GL) will attempt to improve something with respect to existing DBMS technologies. A programming or scripting language, on the other hand, may include support for DBMSs to extend the sphere of influence of programmers who use this language. These two distinct developments may occassionally overlap, where a DBMS oriented shop will invest in a scripting language because it feels that the language improves their abilities to solve problems that are specific to their DBMS market, for instance, but that does not mean that the fate of the language is has now beomce dependent on the dynamics of the DBMS market, as a 4GL would be. Hope this clears it up, Elan