[REBOL] Re: starting to be really late!?
From: maximo:meteorstudios at: 7-Jan-2004 13:48
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Jason Cunliffe [mailto:[jason--cunliffe--verizon--net]]
> Sent: Wednesday, January 07, 2004 1:07 PM
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> Subject: [REBOL] Re: starting to be really late!?
> > First there was the rebol - x-internet app, nearly alone .... then
> > others stepped in into the game - Flash MX ... now they are
> moving ahead
> > to mobile devices :
-If RT makes shell command access free (officialy, not just the browser hack)
-If RT gives us the binary native!-capable module linker
Then much discussion about rebol's missing capabilities is moot as then rebol can become
a GPL just like python (actually much better) with all of rebols superior's methodology.
want rebol to be the glue in your IT infrastructure, then shell acess does that.
You want OpenGL speeds (if only in 2d) ... then a binary module would let us. No need
to wish for RT to do it. yeah you can use a dll but that's not optimal and expects you
to convert external datastructures in rebolesque equivalents which really aren't equivalent...
and data conversion of large blocks of data is REALLY slow... just ask cyphre how fast
importing/exporting images is...
These two features alone make REBOL several times more usefull as a technology and industry-wide
IMHO they would let REBOL, as a platform, soar on its own with less pressure on RT to
Direction of rebol comes by every few weeks and we've all stated our opinions, but I
think that rebol's core weekness as a coding platform is its closed-in nature. The moment
you want to do something that demands high-speed, guaranteed rates or actual complete
and unbridled integration to external processes, then rebol USUALLY comes short.
yess that is not rebol's primary vision (is it meant as a messaging language), but when
every else does the above and you can't then it becomes a cause for concern for any pipeline/infrastructure
I also wonder why RT never packaged rebol AS a .dll or .so you can use IT INSIDE binary
apps... so that you use rebol's integrated messaging capabilities within an application.
this could yet broaden rebol's approach as a macro/scripting language (like a much better
VB or arexx script engine).
my 2 cents
LET the flames roar ;-)