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LinuxFocus: REBOL the rebel

Sep 10, 2000, 22:07 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Georges Tarbouriech)

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"The idea behind Rebol was to create a simple language close to human languages, like a dialect... sort of. Carl Sassenrath, the founder of Rebol is well known in the computing field since he worked for Apple, Commodore, HP... The Amiga community for instance, owes him a lot. Why talking about the Amiga? The main particularity of the AmigaOS is compactness. The latest version (3.5) of the OS, is less than 20 MB. This may sound strange for newcomers who started to work with OSes (or so) between 200 and 600 MB."

"This is to explain that people forgot about small size as far as development was concerned. The tools available are quite numerous and scripting languages are quite useful. Nevertheless, they often imply many lines of code, whatever you want to do with them. Usually, these languages are used for specific tasks. Perl or Rexx for instance are much appreciated by Sysadmins. Obviously, you can do much more than network administration with languages such as Perl."

"Nevertheless, talking about versatility and compactness, Rebol is a model. We could say you can do just everything with Rebol. The limit doesn't come from the language but from your imagination. Let's make a quick guided tour."

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