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

From: geoff:productivity at: 18-May-2001 10:14

> I've written a site generator which uses XML > to express the structure, navigation, and search information for > a site, then constructs the entire site (including per-page > navigation links) using html templates.
Our idea arose out of our need for a sophisticated online catalogue. Contractor quotes ranged from $30,000 to $60,000, which is a lot of $$ for a small business. Yet once you have your underlying error/session/validation etc libraries in place, the task of generating any specific catalogue is essentially trivial. These guys were going to charge us $x00 per hour for hand-hacking simple code that we suspect could be generated automatically with a few switches, given a little craft and guile, (provided we can develop a data model with sufficient flexibility). After all, the final output of any dynamic web app is just a string - hardly rocket science. .
> I have, in fact, often described REBOL as being like "LISP without the
> I'd suggest that REBOL has a few advantages on its side of the ledger: > > 1) Platform independence <snip...> > 2) Built-in networking - How could it be any easier? <snip...> > 3) Compactness <snip...>
This is interesting. It helps clarify why Carl places so much emphasis on Rebol as a tool for distributed apps. These advantages carry most weight when a client built in Rebol will be widely distibuted. The size, in particular, is a spectacular achievement. But compared with Lisp, these advantages seem less compelling where the whole app is on a central server, as with a web app. Would you agree, or am I missing something here... Thanks for the input Geoff Caplan