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I kind of lost all interest in Syllable after Kaj introduced REBOL. It really didn't seem like a good fit. It seemed more like "Amiga" rather than the perception I had of AtheOS reborn. And, at the time Vanders and Kaj were hard to discuss anything regarding the validity of REBOL in Syllable with. Mention XML - "XML is useless, we can do this with REBOL" - why? Why reinvent the wheel? "REBOL is more efficient!" - okay... so everyone else in IT is completely insane then? XML is pretty much industry standard. What about .Net as a simplified development platform? "We can use REBOL for that!" Okay, but why use a minority language, when there is a wealth of usable code.. sigh.
This sounds like a rant and I don't really have any more to add, save I agree with the perceptions that where highlighted in the "Syllable vs Haiku" thread someone quoted the link for above. It was about the time REBOL came about, and Syllable Server, and the Syllable "band camps" that is all went wrong for me and I bailed on the project.
Yeah, but its a popular solution for many things. Having the ability to interact with popular interchange languages like XML is a necessary evil. Like speaking in English.
XML isn't a terribly complicated mess at all. XML is actually a really simple mark up definition language. What is terribly complicated is the way in which some developers believe it is the answer for all problems. Having worked on a product that uses it for some horribly bastardised scripting language (nothing but XML, no other script) - THAT is a horribly overly complicated mess. XML in general is actually simple.
Uhm, if you want to standardize fully on "Industry standard", use Windows and .NET..
Those who works on alternate OS are not satisfied with current "industry standards" so this is a poor argument.
Don't blame REBOL as a language for eventually wrong decision of Syllable team members!
well no, you blame the developers for using something unsuitable, obviously. The IT industry is littered with cool ideas that didn't cut the mustard....