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[REBOL] Re: DLL Hell = Rebol library script version

From: greggirwin:mindspring at: 11-Nov-2003 9:44

Hi Max et al, MOA> why is run-time linking so bad if the engine is standardized MOA> and the resources are centralized and "official" in some way? Run-time linking isn't bad, but being standardized in "some way" isn't much help when it comes to reliability. My opinion, FWIW, having lived through many years of VB development (I believe you can credit Dan Appleman with the phrase "DLL Hell". born, perhaps, from the SS3D.VBX fiasco and others that followed): You can't solve this easily. Either you go all the way and create a heavy solution or you go in knowing that things are going to break for no good reason; with no clear source; and no easy way to find the culprit. There are probably a zillion ways to do checks, verifications, even rollbacks with REBOL, but what's the cost versus benefit? It's a different world now, so you have to figure out for *your* needs what risk and consequences are acceptable. Will your users be OK with Sorry, that screen is not available , crashes, or results that might look OK, but aren't correct? It's up to you. -- Gregg