[REBOL] Re: Rebol Player Wish list
From: dada:gecko:verizon at: 17-Jul-2002 16:15
> If the API was developed in MONO the OpenSource .Net clone,
> it would still be cross-platform to many environments. The
> API would then be callable from any Microsoft .Net language
> VB.Net, C#, J#, C++, and also be callable from any code
> developed with the MONO project OpenSource compiler.
I think REBOL should stay away from mixing with proprietary languages.
REBOL is essentially a communications language/OS and communications run
on standards. Ensuring that REBOL complies with open standards, ensures
that at some point someone -- perhaps you -- could add API that call
your M$ projects, but leave the rest of us content to use REBOL on
platforms that may not support the musical scale that is current M$
> To attract commercial developers some method of protecting
> code and algorithms seems to be necessary.
Not necessarily. Though REBOL isn't open source (yet, anyhow), it
remains a language and community that seems to very much follow some of
the ideals of the open source community.
Overall, I balk at using any kind of proprietary language. When one
coroporation controls the distribution and use of a language, they
control a lot (which is why I wish REBOL would go open source). Imagine
if English could only be spoken at a location that the creators of the
The point of networking and global communications and all that is to
ensure that humans have a means of communicating with one another, no
matter what. A great big digital tower of Babel, kind of. REBOL is great
in this regard, as it's simple to use and allows many people on many o/s
to use it. Not to mention the line it walks between langauge and
If REBOL embraces an M$ technology, chances are M$ will do what they can
to keep REBOL from embracing other technologies (Java, Python, Perl,
PHP, RealBasic, etc) and all we'll have is an M$ clone that can be
destroyed by the powers-that-be.
Sure M$ has its place, but it may just be time to kill the buzzwords and
give programming back to the people who have fun with. >:)
: sabin densmore