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[REBOL] Re: ROACH

From: chris:starforge at: 26-May-2001 14:37

#26-May-01# Message from *Brett Handley*: Hi Brett,
> I would appreciate a copy of the code or a notification when you are ready > to release it. It looks good so far.
Any particular archive format? Lha, zip, rip, .tar.gz?
> How long did you take to build it
The very first lines of code were done back in October last year. But that is not really a reflection of the amount I've put into it. The whole thing lay dormant until about February - most of the code has ben done since then. I've also been doing this alongside 8 or 9 other projects.
> and did you find Rebol fighting you or > assisting you in the process?
Bits of both. The greatest problem I've encountered is file handling: REBOL is great when you have small files, but when you start projecting files with several Mb of stuff in them, and you're only interested in a few Kb half way though, you need to start messing around in ports and other manky things. Something like a read/start/end which can recognise blocks would be a godsend. On the whole, actually building the scripts hasn't been too hard, there's just a lot of it (over 3200 lines of REBOL, plus 44k of HTML chunks and 134k of images) I can improve bits of it but there isn't anything particularly hairy in there and I haven't had to do any workarounds or hacks to get things to work (although some may question my coding style in places ;)) Doing it in REBOL has certainly been far, far easier than doing in in Perl or C. Chris -- New sig in the works Explorer 2260, Designer and Coder http://www.starforge.co.uk -- There's no real need to do housework -- after four years it doesn't get any worse.