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[REBOL] Re: OT: Paul Graham on hacker's radar

From: greggirwin:mindspring at: 3-Oct-2003 23:22

Hi Bryan, b> Other people on this list do find Rebol practical for their needs, as b> well as their aesthetics, can you specify what exactly in your needs b> Rebol answers? For me, the current technical needs seem less important than some other things, but I'm a pragmatic person, so it has to have technical merit in the here-and-now as well. I'm not a web guy, but with REBOL I can write things that work on the net almost transparently when compared with writing standard desktop apps. I have complete control (but with good defaults for the most part) and I'm cross platform at no cost. My apps can be *completely* self-contained and, except for a small number of known issues, everything is rock solid. It's small and simple. So far, everything I've wanted to do with REBOL I've been able to do. Some have been a bit of work (library interfaces, not REBOL's fault) and some are too slow, but other stuff has blown me away at how easy, small, and solid it turns out to be. REBOL made programming fun for me again. It lets me think in new ways and stretch my mind. I love the community around it too. It's cool as a programming language, but it will be cooler when we start seeing how to use it even more in line with its true strength; communication. I'm excited about REBOL now, but more excited about it in the future. It's like VB at 1.0. Some people got it; most scoffed. -- Gregg