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[REBOL] The Industry Needs REBOL But Thinks it Wants Perl Re:

From: news:ted:husted at: 20-Sep-2000 13:46

On 9/20/2000 at 9:08 AM [princepawn--MailAndNews--com] wrote:
>So what do you think? My guess is that there is far too much
uninformed interest in doing things in Perl and that my Perl inmplementation of REBOL/Core is the only way to hide the wolf of REBOL in the sheep's clothing of Perl. Jingoism aside, your boss did made a good business decision. If you get hit by a bus, he can easily find a new Perl programmer to maintain the script. Finding a new REBOL programmer might be more difficult. The real cost of software is more often not development, but maintenance. Something that REBOL needs but doesn't have is a killer app that can be sold with a maintenance contract. A working enterprise portal, like what the vaporific .COM site describes, would be great. Once a backbone application is in place, it would be easier to then use REBOL for other things. Another growth area is control panels for ISPs or Webmasters, to make it easy to configure a Web site without calling the help desk or resorting to a command line. Several of these are now being done in Perl, but could easily be done in REBOL, and would look great in /VIEW. Again, if you are selling someone a real application with a support contract, rather than a miscellaneous script, the dynamics start to change. Personally, I wouldn't feel good about writing something in REBOL and then pretending it's Perl. Sounds like something the marketing boys in Redmond might dream up. -T.