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[REBOL] Re: newbie - How to

From: greggirwin:mindspring at: 21-Jun-2003 16:14

Hi Daril, DN> No flames please. I've never seen Gabriele, or really anyone here, flame. We may have loud, impassioned discussions from time to time though. :) DN> If a tool fails the requirements of a problem, no-one DN> will pursue the tool further. Running on many DN> platforms still means failure. Agreed 100%. DN> REBOL is really good when your main challenge are to DN> get code to work on numerous platforms and you DN> obsessed with small codebase and footprint (disk not DN> memory). The multi-platform aspect is important given REBOL's intended use. If you change "get code to work on" to "exchange data across", it fits better with REBOL's goal. That said, yeah, we generally use it to write code, much as we would other languages, at this point in time so it's a valid perspective. "Obsessed" is a pretty strong word though; I'm more concerned with elegance, stability, maintainability, extensibility, and clarity. You wouldn't know it to look at some of my code, but it's true. :) DN> But REBOL appears a tragedy if you need to integrate DN> with OS features, hardware, or applications. This DN> limits some important uses in Windows, Mac and other DN> environments. Hmmm, "tragedy" is another pretty strong term (maybe I'm reading too much into it :). I've successfully mapped a number of API functions, as have others here, and integrated with other apps by sending them Windows messages and keystrokes. What OS features (excepting the current console issue under Windows) are tragically unavailable in your view? (printing is on of *my* personal issues) No flame intended here. I'm always glad to find out what problems other people see, or what they think is missing in REBOL. I think we all benefit, including RT, from identifying specific issues that prevent people from using REBOL effectively. -- Gregg