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[REBOL] Re: REBOL for business apps?

From: greggirwin:mindspring at: 27-Sep-2003 9:39

Hi Jen, Welcome to REBOL! j> I recently ran across REBOL and I'm a little confused as to what j> it's for. REBOL is a "messaging" language, meaning it's designed "for the semantic exchange of information between people and machines". It's not a programming language in the same sense as most others, but it works really well as one. :) It can take a while for what's different about it to sink in, but at some point you'll hear an audible 'click' in your head. ;) j> 1. What support is there for printing? The application prints several j> forms (e.g. invoices) and reports, using Access' report functions. Is j> there anything in REBOL that could be used to do something similar? You can export to HTML as Maarten said, and some people also use Gabriele's PDF-maker dialect to create PDF files. There is no native cross-platform printing system in REBOL at this time though. I have a send-keys dialect for REBOL, so you may also decide that integrating with another app that way would work for you. j> 2. How does database access work? I didn't seem many examples of j> database applications. If you get /Command, you have ODBC access to any DB that supports it. DocKimbel has also written a terrific MySQL driver that works with all versions of REBOL. I've done some investigative work hooking REBOL up to Kdb and VB/ISAM as well. j> 3. Licensing fees. This would be a commercial application, so I'm j> curious how much it would cost to distribute this. Aside from buying j> REBOL Command/SDK for each developer, is there a fee for each user that j> uses the application? Contact RT for your specific needs. Their licensing has changed recently (better for us; more relaxed), but only they can give you a real answer. HTH! -- Gregg