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[REBOL] Re: REBOL 3.0 mentioned on the blog!

From: carl:cybercraft at: 14-Mar-2006 7:01

On Tuesday, 14-March-2006 at 0:49:03 Petr Krenzelok wrote,
>I don't understand you at all - you can get much better lower level >implementation and you are scared? those things don't necessarily mean >your rebol code will break every 2 lines ;-) It is imo like inserting >rebol language into more powerful underlying framework.
I'm not scared by any minor inconsistencies with previous versions, but that we'll just enter another wait and see mode. I'm not talking about the language, but its promotion. There's zero buzz about REBOL, despite it being useful enough now. There's no point in writing something for the plugin when it won't work on any browser other than IE or any OS other than Windows, but at least it's very good for CGI work. This doesn't seem to be known about though, as hosting services that actively support REBOL are next to non-existant. You'll get PHP, perl, python, Ruby on Rails and so on, but no REBOL. Compare the results of a search for "ruby on rails hosting" to one for "rebol hosting", then ask yourself, which has been around the longer, Ruby on Rails or REBOL? If we'd managed to get hosting companies interested in supporting REBOL it might've been more popular now, but we didn't, and I think that window of opportunity is now gone. The buzz now is for online, in-browser apps, with the leading contender for dominance being AJAX. (Which just uses a bunch of existing tech.) The REBOL plugin could be a contender in that space, if only it was on all the popular browsers. Why will the proposed new features of REBOL 3 bring in more users? What will be its market? -- Carl.