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REBOL 2007 Developer Conference in May

Carl Sassenrath, CTO
REBOL Technologies
23-Apr-2007 18:23 GMT

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It is true that I've not said much about the 2007 REBOL developers conference, but I think it will be quite interesting this year. It is now less than three weeks to the DevCon...

As you know, REBOL 3 is the future of REBOL, and right now is a pivotal moment for it. The kernel of the new system is up and running, and over the last couple weeks I've added TCP networking ports and devices to it. Just a few days ago, R3 accessed its first website via TCP. An important milestone to be sure.

For me, I must say that the R3 process has been quite torturous due to my constant requirement to keep it as simple as possible. Oddly, making something simpler is so difficult to do, but I believe I have achieved the goal in many ways. Just as an example, the TCP device (the open source module that implements both client and server commands) is only 500 lines of C code, of which about 200 lines are comments. That size makes it easier to understand, improve, and debug by developers! I will be showing and discussing this at the DevCon.

I will also be discussing the bigger vision for R3 and beyond, and how it all fits together into the concept of a lightweight, networked, virtual/real operating system.

If you have not visited it recently, the REBOL DevCon 2007 web site has been improved. I would like to thank all of the conference organizers who have worked to put all of it together this year. It is an independent event made possible by the members of the REBOL community, and I am very grateful for that.

Also, I think this year's conference will be less formal and more discussion-oriented than in the past. I am looking forward to giving a couple presentations about R3, but even more so in less-formal, relaxed discussions (at the fine cafes of Paris) on a wide range of topics related to REBOL.

I very much hope you will be able to attend this year's conference.

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