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[REBOL] Re: [why-REBOL] Pros and Cons / what's so special

From: greggirwin:mindspring at: 25-Jun-2004 11:48

Hi bry,
>> > mailbox: [ >> > ... >> > ] >>
bic> If this were my first time looking at this, it might be difficult, I would say, If it were your first time looking at it, I wouldn't expect it to be easy; I wouldn't expect it to make *any* sense if you weren't already a programmer. My point was that REBOL has a low barrier of entry WRT the effort required to learn and follow the basic rules, in order to do something useful. Of course, when you get further from shore, it gets deep and may be too advanced for you, but you can stay in the shallows all your life and still have a great time. :) bic> There are parts of AltME that just bug the hell out of me, navigation wise. OK, but that has nothing to do with the fact that it was written in REBOL; look at the functionality it provides. I listed examples to address your statement: "I just use Rebol to do stuff like, get all my emails, filter them with simple rules, change them to xml, save to folder x, or upload following set of files. Automated scripting stuff...I haven't really seen anything built in rebol, other than the async protocol, that has given me reason to reconsider the usages I think it most appropriate for."
>> > PDF-maker
bic> ...PDF-Maker is good, but it wouldn't fulfill my needs, and my bic> needs are such that I wouldn't consider building a system for bic> fulfilling them in Rebol. Have you sent Gabriele feedback about what your needs are for it, or looked at enhancing it yourself? What tools do you use for this task (just out of curiosity)?
>> > NREN-Detective (incl. its installer)
bic> no, okay looks nice, not sure yet that it would be the kind of bic> thing I would not have considered appropriate for developing in bic> Rebol. The nice looks hide all the work that it is doing. :) It is a fully localizable, cross-platform, network testing tool that has a support system (built in REBOL) that does auto-updates and supports a build-on-demand portal for multiple OSs. I realized I also forgot Cerebrus in my list of things, and Graham's new P2P file sharing prototype (XFT). -- Gregg