[REBOL] Re: What's Up Rebol?
From: riusa:email:it at: 11-Mar-2002 13:58
> Hello to all,
> I'm not sure if this is the right place for this but your going to
> get it anyway. I feel a real need to vent. I have been tinkering
> with and watching the progression of Rebol for approx. two years
> now. I am a Unix Systems Administrator/Programming Hack.
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Well, I agree with Jim Richards. I bounght Rebol/Command, since I tried
the free version and I liked it very much. Maybe for a "traditional"
programmer the language is really different (sometimes the debugging is
very difficult, since I don't exactly if a word is a user function, is
a function of another dialect, etc... and is difficult to follow the
flow) but there are a lot of wonderful features...
1) distribution is very compact;
2) not much code to make some operations like http, ftp, etc...;
3) GUI is enough good for an application (even if some components are
4) Language is enough fast an not very heavy for a computer (compared
Documentation: ugly! VID dictionary is missing. Lot of features are not
mentioned (I downloaded much more doc from other sites to understand
how to handle sliders, sub panels, events on radio-buttons, etc...).
This situation should be normal (!) for an open source language (Perl,
Python, etc...) but not for a commercial one, which I paid! I know many
things because there is this mailing-list, else...
I have to say to my company if this a good language to develop future
programs: what can I say? There are a lot of advantages, but I have
many doubts about it: will the documentation be improved? Which
projects has, for the future, Carl Sassenrath? Will he continue for the
future to develop this system (since this software is not open source,
no one can continue to develop it if Carl will stop the development)?
Many questions... very few answers... can I suggest to my company to
use this system to develop programs? (the problem is very big: since I
work in Bridgestone/Firestone in Rome, and my answer will influence the
software development for many plants in the Europe and in the Technical
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