[REBOL] Re: Commercializing Rebol
From: gjones05:mail:orion at: 15-May-2001 15:35
From: "John Sequeira"
> And here's another one I thought of:
> No synchronization framework that I know of, but still
> hugely cross platform w/C++ API. Probably lighter-weight
> and cheaper.
> The above web site has a number of projects that are similar
> in spirit to what you're describing. The term they're using is
> scripted documents, which I think captures at least one aspect
> LDC pretty well. They've taken Tcl/Tk along this road, and
> developed a persistence engine (MetaKit) to support more
> involved applications -> the domain where Rebol (or at least
> Rebol developers) now seek to tread.
> Again, no personal experience so YMMV.
I have played with TclKit, which is the Tcl-binding version of MetaKit.
The creator, Jean-Claude Wippler, has really done some serious thinking
on the problems of distibution, especially of distributing scripting
language solutions. The documents bear reading, if for no other reason
than for its "brain food" value. The problem with the site is that much
of the interesting reading is buried in a wiki. The one other document
that specifically covers the idea of a scripted document is located at:
There are some other interesting, thoughtful documents at this site, but
I seem unable to re-find them (one of the problems with some wikis).
What I am unsure about, is how this specific solution would be melded
with REBOL, and whether the lack of MetaKit database scalability would
prove too much of a hindrance for larger tasks and/or multi-user access.
The concept is solid, in my opinion, and would be the sort of solution I
would like to see for REBOL applications meant for distribution to the
general public (meaning, less than truly computer-competent). The REBOL
runtime (and runtimes yet to be) apparently achieves some of these
goals. An expanded wrapper-type solution including database would be
Thanks for the post that has stimulated so much interesting discussion.