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[REBOL] Re: VID, %, dialects WAS: percent! - new datatype request

From: robert:muench:robertmuench at: 14-Jun-2002 10:07

> -----Original Message----- > From: [rebol-bounce--rebol--com] [mailto:[rebol-bounce--rebol--com]]On Behalf Of > Gregg Irwin > Sent: Thursday, June 13, 2002 9:03 PM > To: [rebol-list--rebol--com] > Subject: [REBOL] VID, %, dialects WAS: percent! - new datatype request > Yes, a standard is a > terrific thing to have around, and they need to be aware of its importance, > but I think we're going to see many "specialized" standards emerge over > time.
Hi Gregg, that's the power and the danger of dialects. Fragmenting the available dialects by forking to many can be a very dangerous thing to productivity and community developing. Which road should I take if there were 5 VID dialects out there? Will these be compatible? Most likely not. Can I combine features from two dialects to form one result? Most likely not... Yes, there is a hughe opportunity with creating & using dialects. IMO they challange is to create compatible dialects, which isn't very easy as I have seen trying to be compatible to make-doc with make-doc-pro. So I'm voting for staying with VID and extending it. Carl started VID project on Developer IOS server and that's the right way to go. We just need to take over most of the VID development :-)) Maybe it's still early enought to try other roads for Rebol & GUI development. For this we should create prototype dialects to play around with and migrate those features into VID. Just wanted to note this, as I have seen to many forkings with good projects and this was mostly the end of the project. Remember, continuity is Intel's only business secret. Robert