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[ALLY] Re: REBOL Announcement...

From: tchang::8inc::com at: 9-May-2001 12:33

Hi Petr: Petr Krenzelok wrote:
> Carl Sassenrath wrote: > > > Check for announcement of > > > > REBOL Consulting, LLC. > > > > a partnership with Eight, Inc. These guys are > > great. Tom Chang has actually been using REBOL > > for almost 10 years. > > Do you mean AmigaOS? Has BAY video-editing system anything in common > with Amiga?
Having worked on BAY, I can tell you that the relationship between BAY and the Amiga was simply the fact that BAY ran on top of AmigaOS. The reason for this was that that back then it was the only hardware/OS out there (short of $100,000 custom graphical workstations) that could handle this sort of application. REBOL actually started a few years before BAY. In the very early 90's, I worked for Carl at a company called AMI. AMI created multimedia corporate training CD-ROMs for CDTV. After evaluating all the development tools out there, we decided that everything basically sucked. So Carl being Carl created his own scripting language (we called in MIME) that was very much an early prototype of REBOL. In fact, some of those early scripts would probably be quite familiar to the folks on Ally. So back in the days of Quicktime 1.0, Director 1.0, and AmigaVision, we had the ability to easily build graphically rich interactive GUI's w/ TV quality motion video. Unfortunately, as many of you know, Commodore decided to go belly up about this time, and with it CDTV and AMI. Fast forward a year, and I'm working for Carl again at VideoStream. This was a time before the web when interactive TV was the hot new technology that was going to revolutionize the world. With bandwidth being what it was in those days, having a distributed application framework was absolutely essential to having something useful. Of course with MIME we already had a multimedia development environment years ahead of anything out there, and so by making it network aware (and some other clever things besides), we had essentially the father (or maybe bastard brother) of REBOL/View. So back in the early 90's, we had a distributed multimedia application platform capable of building interactive TV networks that some of the 'cutting-edge' web based sites are just now approaching. In fact the Starfestival Network system that we just recently helped MIT build reminded me of nothing so much as the work I had done with Carl back in the early 90s. Unfortunately those years with Carl and MIME ruined me for any other programming language. Though I slummed around with Java, C, VB, Lingo, and even Scheme for a bit, I was continuously disappointed that I couldn't do in a thousand lines of code some of the things that had taken half a page in MIME. Well sorry for the essay, but let this be a warning to you all in asking questions that are connected to me in even the slightest way! Yours truly, Tom Chang Managing Director REBOL Consulting, LLC University Park at MIT 129 Franklin St. #211 Cambridge, MA 02139 (617) 494-5507 voice (617) 494-0985 fax