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[REBOL] Re: Rebol vs SARS / Great Program Theory

From: chris::langreiter::com at: 3-May-2003 17:35

> The other problem is how to identify major nodes...
And of course convincing those nodes of the virtues of REBOL ;-) I think that writing great programs is still the best way to convince people of the value of a development "environment". And writing great programs in REBOL is STILL severely hampered by a few, little (?), often-talked-about-before - but most critical - annoyances: - /View performance for anything else than vaguely form-based applications is not exactly thrilling. Flash is MUCH better for rich media content. - Environment blend-in (Priority 1: Windows, Priority 2: MacOS X, Priority 3: Gnome/KDE/X) is hard to achieve (much harder than with REALbasic for example). That is: - Use of environment facilities (widgets, dialogs, click protocols etc.) - Availability of rich widgets (like an RTF-level text editor, standard in NeXTSTEP since, what, 1987?) - ... - Unicode is a must in today's networked word, like this funky signage or not. - Ease of Shell- and C-level extension (must buy /Pro, where is Core/Pro for Unices? Do I have to buy Command for calling out to grep? SDK? Callbacks?) PLUS there is a severe lack of perceivable strategy. Is IOS developed further? Is anyone still working full-time on REBOL, the language? Etc. As said before, nothing new, but (most unfortunately) still true ... As long as those shortcomings aren't rectified in one form or another, I find it hard to convince _any_ node, be it major or not, of the viability of this great language (and yes, I think that open-sourcing REBOL would help more than not, although it certainly would require a lot of effort to come from the most diverse parties of interest). -- Chris