Home > General Development > Introducing REBOL with Amazingly Easy GUI Programming Introducing REBOL with Amazingly Easy GUI Programming Eugenia Loli 2003-11-06 General Development 12 Comments “I like REBOL for many reasons. In this article I’ll focus on one, the integrated GUI system, and I’ll show you how to build a front end for a small email-based survey and feedback system.” Read the article at OnLamp by Gregg Irwin. About The Author Eugenia Loli Ex-programmer, ex-editor in chief at OSNews.com, now a visual artist/filmmaker. Follow me on Twitter @EugeniaLoli 12 Comments 2003-11-06 5:42 am I tried to put Rebol/View into production use, once. While there are many things to like about it, it is a bit too simplistic. Worse, there are a number of bugs in the system. Unfortunately, I was kindly told that the developers could not provide a fix, and I would have to wait for the next release. they was well over a year ago. They have promised a new version a View for a long time but it still looks to be far off. I think Rebol would be much better off as open source. Unfortunatley I don’t think Carl and his crew, despite how much I respect them, really know how to pull off a Zend move. 2003-11-06 7:11 am to really be what i would like it to be, it would need to be a full fledged OS with a processor build with that language in mind, then we would takl. Heck if that would happen i would even ditch BeOS 2003-11-06 7:25 am I heard about before but never actually some some nice article an examples of it. Great article. Tnaks for the Link. I am downloading it now… 2003-11-06 8:17 am I have played with REBOL in few months ago and it was awsome. It’s very easy and fast to write anything what I want. Only thing that I dislike is license… 2003-11-06 9:13 am IIRC RT publicly announced, that Core and View are free even for commercial use and redistribution, but you should better check with RT -pekr- 2003-11-06 12:11 pm Love it. I should say “loved it”, since I haven’t used it for a long time. When I had a FreeBSD desktop, I used it to develop rapidly the tools I needed (and I can’t say I am a developer). 5 mn to make a Euro Converter. Great language. 2003-11-06 12:43 pm Especially since its license has been improved a bit. Still not quite where I want it, but it’s going in the right direction. Still, it wouldn’t hurt with better /View documentation, free shell access, and a new release for OpenBSD as from 3.4 OpenBSD has gone from a.out to ELF even on the x86. Unfortunately, I hear disgruntled voices on the REBOL mailing list and most of them steems from poor information coming from REBOL Technologies. 2003-11-06 4:57 pm I use and develop things with Rebol on almost a daily basis, and it’s really hard to go back to other languages now that I can develop GUI driven scripts that let me parse webpages in a complex way using ridiculously small amounts of code. Having studied ways to code GUIs in Rebol, I find it fascinating to sit and interactively change the GUI of a program directly from console in a Fix & Continue manner. True enough the documentation sucks at most parts and probably 75% of what I’ve learned comes from other sites and tips from users and through mailing lists. But I wouldn’t give it away for any other language right now. 🙂 Also take a look at the One Liners at Rebol.com, which shows you what you can do in … one line of Rebol code. 🙂 2003-11-06 6:24 pm IIRC RT publicly announced, that Core and View are free even for commercial use and redistribution, but you should better check with RT Yeah, it’s much better than before, but it’s still something that isn’t what I want. There are some features that I want, but I am stuck with the license. 2003-11-06 6:57 pm Unfortunately, I was kindly told that the developers could not provide a fix, and I would have to wait for the next release. they was well over a year ago. They have promised a new version a View for a long time but it still looks to be far off. I used Rebol a little a couple of years ago, wrote some small addressbook and email scripts. Really easy and nice gui’s. At some point in time, I reinstalled windows and never got around to reinstall Rebol, then reading this article, I thought it would be interesting seeing what new stuff has been added lately. Downloaded latest REBOL/View, and discovered that *nothing* has been added the last 2 years? (REBOL/View 22.214.171.124.1 21-Jun-2001). What’s up? Is development down or are they just putting all focus on the commercial packages? 2003-11-06 8:01 pm “What’s up? Is development down or are they just putting all focus on the commercial packages?” There are much later versions around (I’m using one from May 30th 2003), they just haven’t gotten out of beta stage yet apparently, and much nicer debugging features have been included as well as more commands. Find them here: http://www.reboltech.com/downloads/ BTW: http://www.rebol.net is a nice page to get the most important Rebol links. 2003-11-08 3:08 pm Thanks, I will try it out asap.