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[REBOL] Why are there no PDA ports of REBOL available?

From: elutz:apriori at: 9-Sep-2000 18:24

Hi all, I am amazed by REBOL as a language environmment - it's like a dream has become true. However, I am worried about the fact that there are no ports to PDAs available yet, not even to the most popular platforms, e.g., Palm and Psion. I would like to carry REBOL around with me on a small pocket sized Psion Revo machine ... anywhere, anyplace. Win CE seems irrelevant to me in comparison, seen from the no. of machines sold. I understand the technical difficulties with a Palm Pilot which not even has usual file i/o, but the Psion 5 Series aka Ericsson EPOC machines are already "shrinked PCs" from the viewpoint of their programming model. Although REBOL is a great piece of software it competes today in a market of PCs and bigger machines where there is plenty of scripting environments around from which one can choose one ad nauseam. But with its small footprint I think REBOL should be ported fast to the smaller machines where there are nearly no good scripting environments (Psion OPL is a crutch in comparison to REBOL) and where "fatware" is not appropriate anyway. And by the way, how is REBOL, Inc.'s business approach towards even smaller machines like mobile telephones? Should one give up and leave them alone with embedded Java machines? I see this from a European perspective where a lot of companies keep to the opinion that the number of platforms in the mobile market even today is much bigger than the no. of installed PCs will ever be! And the migration path (GSM -> GPRS -> UMTS) is already defined with replacement cycles of 12-18 months for the mobile phones in use. And from a marketing perspective i feel it's not more diffcult to convince a telecom provider to jump onto REBOL as it is to get approval from an corporate IT manager to install REBOL on a mission critical OS/390 ... Opinions please ... Eberhard Lutz Frankfurt, Germany [working for the financial industry]