[REBOL] Re: REBOL for business apps?
From: greggirwin:mindspring at: 27-Sep-2003 9:39
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