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[REBOL] Some thoughts around Rebol

From: robert:muench:robertmuench at: 13-Apr-2001 15:47

Hi there, while reading through most of the postings and observing RT progress to a complete product strategie I'm always thinking about some stuff, which is needed to make Rebol a "professional" tool (that a big company is going to use it): 1. Storage Formats I would like to see RT to adapt XML as the generic storage format for all kind of data. Rod Gaither just answered to Carl why he is going to use XML. I fully agree with Rod. To use Rebol in a corporate environment it is mandatory to support "standards" and using XML seems to be a good way. 2. Object serialization I really like the functionality to store Rebol objects to disk and read them back in again. With /Command we have access to normal database systems. What I think would be a killer-functionality for Rebol is the following: Being able to store objects as XML (yes, we can do it but native support would be nice) within an object-oriented XML aware database, which supports the following features: - handles huge number of objects (several hundred thousands) - fast searching (quering) - handling of object-types as properties - keeping Rebols run-time memory footprint low Imagine that you can handle a lot of objects in a way that Rebol will only load the stuff as needed. At the moment we have in memory-databases, that's OK for some hundred objects but not for a enterprise application. 3. Office Access Layer This is something we can do ourselve. How about a DLL, which can be used inside Rebol, which provides a nice and lean interface to control all MS Office applications. Than we should create a Rebol dialect for easy using. Why we need this? Well, it doesn't make sense to reprogramm Excel and friends (IMO) as Rebol scripts. It's better to use them and control/feed/... all these applications with a Rebol script. Example: We could use the presentation dialect to create a presenetation and than just write... convert to powerpoint This would result in a PowerPoint file containing the complete presentation. That's it for now. Feel free to add your thoughts, flame mine ;-)) ... Robert