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[REBOL] Re: REBOL [] Packages announcement and competition

From: SunandaDH:aol at: 21-Feb-2004 11:55

A few points I'd overlooked earlier in this thread: MAx:
> btw, I realized that there was no more rebsite... > maybe you guys could just include the one or two little apps you've > got for the site there... really.
Doing a rebsite is, I'm sure, going to happen one day. It would clearly make sense as a fourth way of accessing the content... The other three being: 1. from a web browser 2. from the downloaded desktop Library application 3. from within any REBOL application using Library Data Services I'll make sure it is on the list of Things to Do, but no promises on when :-) -- Brett:
> For the prize, while I would be most honored and gratified to > receive such a magnificent gift, I fear the international voyage > this valuable item would take could be perilous and so it would > enough for me if you could find it an alternative worthy home. > Perhaps a local computing museum? :-)
Given I got it second hand from a thrift shop, it probably lacks serious collectability for a museum....Maybe we'll have another competition sometime, and I'll reoffer it as something once briefly owned by Brett. Now that should give it some serious kudos :-) -- Robert:
> Hi, than why not name it: fileset like it is on IOS? I don't like > word-fragmentation ;-)
Choosing the right words for things is very important, I agree. Apologies if I've not choose exactly the right one. But "package" has a venerable history in this context -- at least 40 years, I'd guess. And fileset is not quite right either. An IOS fileset will synchronise both ways (you change the file, I get a new copy. I change the file, you get a new copy). A package is dumber than that. If I change a file in a package I own, the next time you download it, you will get the new copy. But, whatever you do to that copy -- short of emailing it to me -- I won't even know. The synchronisation is one way only. But yes, the IT world has way too many words for things that are almost the same. When I do mainframe work, I talk about "data sets whose content lives on DASD and are updated via access methods". When I work in REBOL it's "files on a hard disk updated via ports". Of course, a data set is not the same as a file, DASD is a wider concept than hard disk, and an access method is not the same as a port. But they are close enough not to really need different words. Sunanda