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Time for Big Changes

Carl Sassenrath, CTO
REBOL Technologies
9-Mar-2006 16:40 GMT

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As the person who introduced multitasking to personal computers (Amiga 1985) I have to admit I'm not good at multitasking on my own projects. I tend to get super-focused on a single task, mainly so I can get it finished, polished, and published.

For some time now, I've been focused on helping Safeworld's implement changes for AltME, including the new file sharing and file archiving features.

But, now, the time has come to focus more seriously on REBOL changes, and it's time to make some really big changes.

Specifically, here's what's on the agenda for the next few months:

  • REBOL 3.0 - This is REBOL like never before, totally rebuilt from the ground up using all of the insights that have been learned over the last 8 years. I will be saying a lot more about this project on this blog.

  • REBOL Docs - With the above change, it will become necessary to make major improvements to all parts of the docs, not only in their content, but also in their structure, navigation, and wikiness (allowing user additions and comments).

  • REBOL Website - You know... it works, but over the years the site has become, well, messy. There are too many pages scattered around in too many different areas. In fact there are so many pages that it's not easy to even keep all of them updated (which is why in many cases we haven't). So, it's time to rebuild it and make it really crisp.

So, how is all this going to happen? Well, we hope to get your help with a lot of it. For example, REBOL 3.0 will contain a lot of open source code that could use expert handling when porting to new platforms like OSX or cell phones. What specifically? How about the sound interface? We don't want to spend our expert REBOL time getting that working on OSX; we want an OSX expert to volunteer to make it work well on OSX. That's true for Linux, cellphones, Pocket PC, BSD, etc. And, that applies to the docs as well, which will be wiki-ized to get more of the REBOL community involved in making them a whole lot better.

So, does that mean the nice improvements to AltME will stop? No, we're working with Safeworlds to continue to improve what we think is a great representation of what REBOL can do. We're planning to get more help with that too, and as for me, I just need to get a lot better at multitasking in the future.

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