Rebol less popular Lisp, Scheme and Forth amongst Windows Developers
[1/2] from: pwawood::mango::net::my at: 10-May-2005 15:41
[2/2] from: carl:cybercraft at: 10-May-2005 20:25
On Tuesday, 10-May-2005 at 15:41:19 Peter WA Wood wrote,
>Mike Gunderloy, the Windows developer and popular author, held a >reader's survey of his www.larkware.com site. 485 people responded. One >of the questions was Which language(s) are you upset that I left out of >the list above? > >The results follow and yes I was the person who mentioned Rebol. > >It seems Rebol is still desperately short of publicity.
That's a smallish sample, but your conclusion is true enough. The post here... http://armprogold.blogspot.com/2005_04_01_armprogold_archive.html#111485821762645486 has some useful things to say about popularising REBOL IMO. For instance... care less about things like licensing, and care more about making sure that there are REBOL implementations (pick your TLA -- RSS and SVG have come up recently, for example) of the standards/acronyms/FADS that will be replaced in a few years with yet another TLA or five that everyone will flock to. REBOL is perfect flocking technology. REBOL lets you build working prototypes of cross-platform, distributed, secure messaging/computing/ publishing/multi-media applications in hours or even minutes. Some REBOL prototype should be among the first of any new TLA searches, with a basic, cross-platform implementation of the new acronym. The acronym he suggests as a good, current example is ATOM, (RSS's replacement, perhaps?) But regardless of that approach, he hits on one problem I have with recommending REBOL and that is the dearth of good examples of REBOL programs to point people to. Cross-platform, client-server stuff would be ideal, the clients being the flashy front-end that would pull people in. But where are they? -- Carl Read.