[REBOL] Re: how do I get ampm format for time?
From: jeff:rebol at: 21-Jan-2001 10:25
> Among the things I was trying to stir up was discussion
> about how folks (inside or outside RT) decide what is a
> (possibly contributed) mezzanine function, what goes into a
> datatype-refinement and what gets left out altogether.
> That exact decision strategy is one I think others (outside
> of RT) would like to know so we can more appropriately
> pitch our suggestions.
> Of course I could infer one -- and after writing an
> elaborate paper about it discover that the answer is
> simply: "oh, Carl decides that! :)" which is only funny up
> to the point you start thinking about buying more
Here's my perspective on how it works:
For "definitional" questions, mezzanines and natives
especially, Carl is always the ultimate authority and
guiding light-- his creativity and designs are the first
principles of REBOL, of course, as he is REBOL's father.
All of the engineering team collaborates, though, pool our
ideas, figure out the best way to do different things. We,
or various people from around the world point out missing
things that REBOL should logically do-- or the way REBOL
would do it. Someone says "yeah! It should do that!" We
wander into Carl's office, interrupt what he's working on,
bring up the issue, discuss it, pull in someone else, argue
this and that. Or we write up the design in a REP (REBOL
Enhancement Proposal) (and other people have submitted these
too), we implement the feature, then we advertise the work,
and Carl then signs off or not on the feature's inclusion
when release time comes. Carl always surprises us with a
much slicker way to fit something in, but we're also always
improving in our own understanding of "The REBOL way".
Sometimes, Carl leaves it up to the rest of us to
investigate and familiarize ourselves with specific problem
domains or areas of functionality, determine the goals, how
it would best fit into REBOL and then attack the problem.
"You'd be the best one to answer that" is his confounding
response for these times when you try and get him to spit
out the answer to X when you've been wracking your brains on
X for a month of sundays.
So, in principle, just to give the rest of the team a little
credit :-), I'd phrase it like this: "Carl ultimately
decides or approves these things, but the rest of us kids
help out too."
> I am sorry you are so pressed for time to not be able to go
> back to the first thread in a series.
Sorry for being defensive. In the future I'll be sure to go
back and read the first posts of "how do I" threads before I
answer one (although, a lot other non Racko Training threads
also begin with that preamble). (-: