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[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$ technology.
> 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 language determined. 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 operating system. 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. >:) Rebolution! sd -- --------------------------------- : sabin densmore : : [sabin--onegecko--com]