[REBOL] Re: InformIT.com Articles Introduction to Water™ A New Native We
From: kemp:extelligence at: 28-Aug-2002 11:45
Creating a Web services with a single platform such as J2EE typically
requires the use of a dozen or more technologies and languages such as XML,
scripts. In contrast, Water adheres to a
Learn Once, Use Everywhere"
philosophy that allows you to apply a simple set of methods to all aspects
of development. Water leverages your current investment in technology by
integrating with existing systems and Web services. Water can eliminate the
need for most special-purpose languages and tools thus lowering development
Hmmm. Never heard anything like THAT before... :)
I totally agree with the first sentence, though. Current web development
practices are INSANEly burdensome, and although I don't believe in silver
bullets, there has to be a middle ground. REBOL, for me, is part of that
I think I recall someone on this list mentioning something I agree with
totally - XML is heirarchical in nature, and most of our problems are not -
so XML is not going to get us very far by it's very structure, never mind
the inefficiencies of transformation, marshalling, large data packets,
unmarshalling, parsing, transforming, etc.
Water is a Java 2 app, BTW, and I bet that most folks will find out quickly
JavaDoc, CSS, and shell scripts in order to reach all audiences with all
browsers on all machines with the current mess we have created.
That said, I would love to see REBOL embeddable in browsers (REBOL Web
Start/Services, anyone?), and IOS seriously
scaleable/multithreaded/multiprocessor on the backend. REBOL is a great
language with a ton of potential (500K with a compositing GUI on 42
and browsers for quite a while yet, and REBOL has to play in that sandbox -
more than just HTML/XML parsing support, it needs to be integrated.