[REBOL] Re: Multimedia REBOL... yes or no?
From: petr:krenzelok:trz:cz at: 11-Jul-2003 13:04
>5.Another question is to support different consoles and mobile devices. IMO
>the best bussiness driven choice would be:
>-PlaystationII in the gaming consoles area
>-SybianOS in the mobile market(it beats all currently used systems ans all
>big Mobile vendors(eg. Siemens..) who don't yet already have it on their
>devices are switching to it)
OK, but I am not sure RT can do it without rethinking the strategy. I
remember someone stating that it was said by RT that current non-modular
architecture is partially a marketing decision. I don't know what can be
actually done in that situation - there is no simple conclusion. E.g.
IIRC Gabriele does not like the idea of one single rebolcore.exe and
e.g. view.dll, but the question is - can we affort core differences thru
all product lines? Does not it hurt rebol more than we think? Can we see
View running on Symbian powered devices? Eg. if I want to develop small
game, I don't care about VID - well - you can say - use SDK /Face then
... but I don't care about face effects either - I may want just basic
and fast blitting + having some few handy bitmap manipulation general
functions available. Of course I don't know how View internally works,
what is loaded into memory and what is not, but it has imo high memory
consumption to allow it to work on some nowadays mobile devices. Then we
have to ask ourselves - why do other technologies can do it, but we can't?
I think that we can't live with the idea of all-in-one-exe forever.
Because - it just means - compromises. And as Robert said - I etiher
need fully working feature X, or if not fully implemented, it is useless
to me anyway. But then others will cry, that my requested feature bloats
rebol, because other don't need it. But we all come from different
fields and we all would like to see rebol succeed in different areas -
so who decides what goes in and what does not? Plug-ins - they don't
necessarily mean .dll hell - we have script rebol header, it contain
'needs field, we can have automatically downloaded versions. As for me I
would prefer that situation instead of - "uh, you need View x.y.z,",
Uh, Command contains old core and that function is not available
What is more - each single change in Veiw means you download whole exe.
That is not necessary - we know better.
Look at following white-paper - new Tao Intent2 - those sound
capabilities - clean design - plug-ins - it is capable to be running in
120KB of ROM and 32KB of RAM! Judge for yourself ...
It is not flaming nor critique - I just try to fight my position - you
know I was always after more granular aproach to rebol - if you don't
like it, you can over-vote me :-)
Anyway -it will be interesting to see, what Carl thinks is the right
technological future for REBOL!
Cheers & friendly,