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[REBOL] Re: Rebol on PocketPC ?? >> re: IPAQ ++

From: pwawood::mango::net::my at: 17-Feb-2005 17:44

> Thanks.. I see. I'd always thought and read about Rebol as being tiny > and > lightweight. Now I am really wondering.
Rebol has a tiny footprint in terms of the size of the executable.
> How much memory are we talking about?
Gabriele suggested in an earlier email that Rebol/Core takes about 2Mb upon loading before any script memory needs. View will take more.
> How variable is Rebol's use of memory?
I think that the price for Rebol's ease of use, flexibility and wide-ranging functionality is its memory usage.
> How does it compare to other PocketPC development tools?
The major difference must be that other PocketPC development tools don't run on the PocketPC, they are complied on a bigger machine which creates an executable (probably optimised to minimise memory usage). Being an interpreted language you need most (if not all) of the development functionality on the target machine. SuperWaba (a sawn-off java lookalike for Palm & CE) compiles to intermediate code (like Java). The Virtual Machine apparently takes between 500 & 700k on the PDA and applications are measured in 100ks not megabytes like Rebol. I hope that somebody will tell me that I'm wrong but I suspect that Rebol/View will only be really suitable for PDA development when PDAs have much more memory than today. Peter