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[REBOL] context of a function Re:(11)

From: galtbarber:mailandnews at: 28-Aug-2000 13:21

Andrew, you must be religious. You believe in the Perfect Rebol! I don't care what feature it is or whether it's working broken or just weird, you have to understand it and imagining the perfect rebol won't do me a bit of good. Also, I find the claim that Rebol is significantly like a human language to be a bunch of marketing bull. It is true that dialects may prove to be powerful and helpful, but they still don't make much difference regarding a natural human language. Rebol is not and never will be like a human language. I don't mind that actually, and I am not surprised. Unless RT plans to invent AI that really works, there is no way any computer could understand a natural human language. Also, frankly, for the kind of work most of us do, we prefer the precision of our computers following a correct recipe to the powers and foibles of a human language. People invent special languages all the time for a certain domain where they need precision. Some mathematical languages are great for math but nobody would call them natural languages... Anyway, that gets tiresome. Believe what you will about Reb and nat lang. If you think Rebol is especially confusing to C programmers, that's too bad. I think it's pretty much confusing to everybody, but a little lisp or logo or scheme may be more help than harm. Actually, since the implementors of Rebol are swimming mentally in C code all day long, it may sometimes affect their thinking and first impulses, but how could that be helped? Well, keep the faith!!! -Galt