[REBOL] Re: Need help for justification of using REBOL as dev language
From: gjones05:mail:orion at: 15-Apr-2001 8:54
From: "Harold Grovesteen"
> I am confused by the placement of REBOL on the Y coordinate. If REBOL
> is "more efficient" than TCL or Visual BASIC would not greater
> efficiency place it lower on the Y axis, say between Visual BASIC and
> C/C++/Java? Would not placing it higher than Tcl imply it takes more of
> the system to do the same thing rather than less?
> Harold Grovesteen
I guess the language may be imprecise, in a Lewis Carol sort of way. What I
recall about the article was that Dr. Ousterhout was characterizing
languages based on how much work is done by any single statement (my words,
not his). Without having reread the article, it seems as though he
guestimated that a C statement does about 5 lines worth of Assembly
language, and that a high level scripting language statement may encapsulate
2 to 10 times what a C statement does. It seems as though he thought that
Tcl was about 5 to 10 times as efficient as C in this schema. My guestimate
based on using both was that REBOL was more efficient (in this specific
regard) than Tcl, hence my suggestion on the Y scale (which was logarithmic,
if I recall).
Is this clearer?