[REBOL] Re: facts we will have to face ...
From: carl:cybercraft at: 24-Oct-2001 11:05
On 24-Oct-01, Petr Krenzelok wrote:
> reactions to OSNews.com interview really seem as a little bit of
> advertisement of rebol fan ;-) But I think we will have to face
> following voices in future:
> Since apparently everyone here but me is a REBOL worshiper,
Chuckle. So far I've not managed to convince anyone to hop on board
the REBOL ship - neither programmers nor non-programmers. The
programmers are happy with the languages they already know, while
it's hard to convince typical users of REBOL's value. "What's the
point of a desktop on top of your desktop?" And distributed
computing worries them, they not liking the idea of their apps being
automatically updated and feel it's the thin edge of the wedge
towards a world where you rent your software.
That said, I'm sure companies with workers in many different locations
are easier to convince of REBOL's value.
> Can REBOL do audio? Does it support MP3 native? How about more
> obsure audio formats? If not, is it fast enough to decode it if you
> wrote the decoder in REBOL itself?
This from the OSNews interview...
From the system side, we will add several new
dialect" engines for
3D graphics, inferencing ("AI"), additional network protocols,
advanced sound synthesis, and more."
Hopefully an "advanced sound synthesis" dialect will give us good
audio control and include native MP3 support. I doubt decoders
written in REBOL would be fast enough though given the amount of
> What about movies? Can it play sorenson quicktimes? Does it have
> support for AVI? Once again, you should be able to add in movie
> support or codec support by writing it in REBOL itself assuming it
> truely is a complete platform like they say it is.
Okay, an idea. Let's assume REBOL has its own internal format for
music, movies and such, as it has with images. What's needed are
libraries that cam convert the various formats into REBOL format (and
back again for saving.) These libraries need to be cross-platform -
So, how about if RT creates a simple virtual-processor and
virtual-machine-code dialect that's designed specifically for
converting one file into another? JPG-to-image!, image!-to-JPG and
so on. (For once RT wouldn't need to worry about this being simple
to use, as those happy with machine-code are the only ones who'd
bother with it. All they'd need to worry about is that it's fast.)
Then, as long as RT publish the specs for their image!, movie! and so
on datatypes, others could write the libraries for converting the
various outside formats to and from the REBOL native formats.
Anything wrong with this idea?