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[REBOL] Re: What does REBOL fix?

From: maximo:meteorstudios at: 17-Dec-2003 14:35

> Rebol strikes a very elegant balance I think. > What it still lacks is a smart IDE/browser component to help > one to move > faster with syntax and dialects. > Loaded dictionaries and context sensitive support. > I imagine that is a very hard thing to write. But perhaps > Rebol makes it > easy..
there are two initiatives in the works I know of, but none actually are available yet... they are very much work in progress. -RIDE -STEEL|FORGE yes it is a complex problem. actually the problem is that any coding tool must allow you to do the whole thing. if an ide goes half way in terms of the basic coding, then you likely won't have fun using it, if it restricts you. implenting an ide with no holes in rebol is extremely tough, because rebol IS so wide. The fact that rebol also has so little syntax (like no parens for functions) makes it even harder. What's more is that many constructs in rebol allow you to insert code which will be evaluated, even if at first glance such a concepts isn't outright obvious... The make word is a good example. you really can put any code in a MAKE block, not just value: data pairs. Trying to make an editor for that is extremely challenging. remember that we have to load projects, not just create new and restricted ones. I would not want to limit rebol to the way of thinking that C, for example, implies. -Max