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[REBOL] Re: What language am I looking for?

From: kenneth:nwinet at: 14-May-2001 21:31

Tim Johnson said:
> I rewrote one of my small projects (600 record database/15 fields) which > was originally done in C++. It took about a third of the time as > the "C++" edition.
When a language is put into the class of 'scripting language' it's use is assumed to be only for very small projects. Why is that? Is there some intrisic reason a language must be so limited? I think of languages of having only two intrinsic levels, machine and virtual machine. Everything else seems to me to be an artificial limitation. I'm not speaking here of the limitations of languages, but rather, our own limitation in our perception of them. Many scripting languages are typeless for instance. Rebol is not. Does this mean it's not a good choice as a scripting language? I don't even have to point out how absurd that is. So what are the barriers that prevent it from being capable of major applications? Can they be overcome by intelligent (and careful) expansion of it's core features? We don't have to ask these questions, but if we do, and we find positive answers... I want to do everything in one language (a fool no doubt) and have my challenges be the barriers I have to overcome outside my language, not from within. Give me liberty or give me death (I heard someone once said.) One fluent language without artificial barriers is my idea of liberty. Feel free to come up with your own examples of ...
> I would prefer that words like "elegant" and "powerful" be eliminated > from any conversation about computer programming languages. They > mean nothing to me.
Oh come now! You've just spent too much time listening to customers give you specs in qualitive terms rather than quantitive ones. :-) I know how that works. But, I'd hate to give up the idea of elegance in an algorithm or a language. It has much more than a surface meaning. Consider the world without Rebol, then tell me it doesn't introduce a certain quality of elegance into the mix.
> I believe rebol may be the flagship language of the future.
See! You do have the heart of a poet!