I run the blog at http://hostilefork.com - which was started with the agenda of being proactive in promoting cooperation among software efforts. (Basically to identify the reasons why people aren't working together, and hopefully to make those reasons go away.) I am hostilefork on Twitter
Yet Rebol is not being used by very many people. So I'm trying to do what intervention I can to give the ideas more traction. One of the big issues is bridging to the open source community, and as of 12-Dec-2012, the release of Rebol 3's source code under an Apache 2.0 license has made a crucial step in that direction.
My Blogging about Rebol
Though I prefer collaboratively edited sites for institutional knowledge (I essentially wrote the StackOverflow tag wiki for Rebol), I've blogged a bit as well:
- I've written about how the language is built on the notion of a flexible series
- There are some major quirks in the language, but you can perhaps best get to understanding its novelty if you face them very early
- Here are my thoughts on whether Rebol can truly be called a revolution
- I agree with Rebol's head programmer Carl Sassenrath that we need to be careful in using abstractions not meant for human readers
Ideas on this Wiki
- I've contributed ideas for a new REBOL logo
- I started an article where Dialect Design Considerations can be surveyed
- I started an article to help explain the foundations of Scoping in Rebol (more introductory than Bindology)
- A description of Rebol's rationale for not including a substring operation
- I'm trying to motivate people to collaborate on an Interactive tutorial script, in the spirit of Try Ruby!
- I have encouraged a greater engagement and more positive perspective on open source development as part of "Version 3: It's Rebol. Rebooted."
- I'm trying to nail down what some of The Invariants of Rebol are
- Due to dissatisfaction with the user experience of the tag! type, I'm pushing for an Extended tag proposal, which has been evolving as my understanding of the motivations of tag has evolved. The result has grown into a document explaining the motivations of the current implementation of tag!
Taking cues from Wikipedia, I generally feel article pages should try and contain consensus and factual information. The talk pages are where personal opinions are expressed and comments are signed by their respective authors.
Some Rebol Projects
- Even though there's no enumerated type built in, I was able to add one, and I even gave it some interesting features...
- Check out my spec for an Arecibo-Message inspired character encoding
- I've started an initiative to show Ruby programmers how Rebol programmers already enjoy many of the kinds of freedoms they have, called RUBOL
- I created a Rebol dialect called Rebmu which is tailored to trying to let Rebol participate in code competitions based on trying to solve a problem in the fewest number of source characters
Rebol's source notation brings to the table a lot of the universality that XML should have delivered—but didn't in practice. Yet it is light and minimalist enough in its notation to use for programming languages or stylesheets. There's not a lot of unnecessary symbols, and all the key datatypes are built in atomically to the system.
- This argument on Lambda the Ultimate about the arity of functions is sound, and seems like a good thing to be addressed somewhere.