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[REBOL] Re: Another day, another project

From: ed:brittlestar at: 7-Nov-2003 21:58

Petr wrote:
> Heh - then I am really dumb :-) Sometimes I wonder quite opposite - what > is other stuff usefull for, while browser plug-ins are imo kind of a > killer app ... I have to miss something then ...
I think it would be neat to have /Core or /View run in a browser, but I don't expect it play a factor in the popularity of REBOL. Plugins have always been reviled by users of all levels. I doubt Flash would be nearly as popular as it is if it weren't pre-installed with Internet Explorer. In fairness, Flash is as tiny as /Core, it runs on multiple platforms (the major ones, at least) and it's quite popular on a large demographic of websites (sports, entertainment, kids sites, etc.). Plus Macromedia has comprehensive tools and credibility with designers, something that is not to be underestimated. Sure, some programmers may despise Flash's creaky foundation, but enough of them forgive the shortcomings long enough to produce useful apps. Inexplicably the programming world plods ahead despite being almost totally incongruous with the REBOL philosophy ;^) When thinking about a /View plugin, I'm reminded of TCL, which has had a browser plugin ( for a long time, back when Java applets seemed so promising. Yet it never really took off-- when is the last time you saw a website with a browser ticklet? Startups in the thin-client space such as Laszlo ( have worked around the plug-in problem by targeting Flash as the output format (a la RebOldes Flash Generator). And Laszlo has been attracting investors and building a customer-base, unlike Curl ( which seems to have lost momentum with its heavy plugin approach. Ed