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[REBOL] Re: Tuples - Was Pair! thread

From: carl:cybercraft at: 9-Feb-2002 14:50

On 09-Feb-02, Joel Neely wrote:
> Hi, again, Carl, > Carl Read wrote: >> >> Let's say you got your wish and REBOL was open-sourced and some >> here gave their REBOLs the ability to compare pairs for lesser >> and greater. Now, what's to stop them puting scripts on the Net >> that require those comparisons? >> > Absolutely nothing. > Except their own good sense and wish to have other people actually > USE their scripts. (And my earlier post touches on the point that > variations of this sort are *already* happening WRT various > libraries that people base subsequent code on.) > Why do we have to make the assumption that programmers must have > a centralized, absolute control "to stop them" from destroying > the universe?
The assumption is based on experience, the experience being that the OS that's dominant will be where cross-platform software gets mostly tested and if it's found to run on that then it's assumed it'll be okay for everywhere else - or if it proves not to be, it's elsewhere where the problem lies. Good central control can almost make that second assumption true. Don't forget that one day a large percentage of the "programmers" of REBOL could be of the amateur web-designer type who now hand-code their own HTML. REBOL might be the only programming they've ever done, (they of course starting with VID), and if their scripts work for them, that'll be good enough for them to place their scripts on the Net. REBOL's very like HTML in my opinion, (why else do we have a "reb"?), and I'd hate to see it go through some form of browser war. "At least the bugs are cross-platform" is a comment one of my REBOL scripts received. I want it to stay that way. (Big snip of the rest of Joel's comments - but all read. Oh, and the wag was Winston Churchill, Joel.) -- Carl Read