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[REBOL] Re: The future of Rebol - achieving critical mass

From: jeff:rebol at: 21-May-2001 8:52

Howdy, Geoff:
> > The basics (/Core and /View) ARE free. > > Agreed, but unless you have access to external libraries > and persistent data they are of limited use.
Sure. I wouldn't characterize them as of "limited use", though. There's an infinity of uses but Core and View have less capability than their PRO counterparts (The basic uses are a lower order of infinity than the Pro uses). Hopefully you'll enjoy the basic View and Core (and put them to great use as many have) but you'll be unsatisfied by their comparative limitations to Pro. This feeling of disatisfaction will cause you to produce your credit card and purchase the Pro versions for their low low fee! :-)
> It's only my opinion, but I would have thought that the > future of the company is in high-end applications like > /Express, not in selling the basic functionality that other > languages offer for free.
I think in the longer run, higher end components like Express will play a role, but REBOL Tech.'s expertise is in building REBOL. The functionality that's nicely bundled in half a meg of REBOL is available for free out there in other languages, if you're willing to cobble it all together yourself. You have the time as a programmer that it takes for you to cobble together all functionality found in REBOL when you need it (each time you need it) and the time it takes to make it reusable and then tailor it to your specific needs. If the amount of money you would have charged for this amount of time spent on a programming task ever approaches the cost of REBOL/Pro then, at the very least, you could be making better use of your time! :-) I like the simplicity of the REBOL/Pro business model: Make something valuable and people will buy it.