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[REBOL] Re: Google + SOAP

From: greggirwin:mindspring at: 28-Apr-2002 16:48

Hi Michael, << End users should never be exposed to XML >> Maybe that's my problem. I'm an end user. :) I happen to develop software for a living, and have a couple hundred books related the subject on my shelves but I'm still an end user. << Comparing Rebol to XML is sort of like comparing Java to HTML. One is an action paradigm, the other is simply a markup paradigm. >> I agree! But SOAP is an action paradigm, right? ;) The other big difference is that REBOL, unlike most everything else out there is not *just* an action paradigm based language, it is a messaging language. The ability to understand data, without having to mark it up to make the machines happy is the big difference. Now, there has to be some kind of translator involved, the dialect in REBOL's case, but REBOL removes layers and layers of "fog" from the whole process. << Rebol's dialecting may be neat but lets face it most people have never heard of it. Rebol is not likely to become an inter system standard anytime soon, anymore than Snobol is ever likely to become a popular language. >> I agree that XML will likely enjoy at least a reasonable lifecycle in the market but it can't change the world the way that REBOL can. The catch with REBOL is that you don't have to define it as "a standard". It can work so covertly that people won't know, or care, what the technology is. It just understands. Now, that isn't going to happen overnight, but what excites me most about REBOL is how much I can do with it now, and I'm not even scratching the surface of what it can do. Thanks for the response! --Gregg