On-Rev: We've listened

Marian Petrides, MD mpetrides at earthlink.net
Thu Apr 16 12:15:19 EDT 2009

This sounds like a great deal, even for people like me that have no  
idea yet how we would use it. ;-)

A quick question, Kevin--one that may well demonstrate how much of a  
neophyte I am when it comes to server apps--if so, sorry.  What  
happens when the server app goes beta or even live?  Will we founding  
members still be able to use it?  Will use of it depend on renewing  
our Rev subscription?  Or will it be a totally separate subscription?



On Apr 16, 2009, at 10:14 AM, Kevin Miller wrote:

> Hi everyone,
> Just wanted to announce something big, and let you behind the scenes a
> little bit.
> Periodically we see posts on the Use and Improve lists about using
> Revolution on a server. We all know what a great language Rev is, and
> there's been a free server engine out for many years that many  
> people have
> enjoyed using. I've tried it myself, but found a lot of the same
> frustrations that other have reported. Finding the right engine,  
> putting it
> the right place, setting permissions, frustrating and confusing  
> errors.
> Wading into Linux-land to figure things out. Dealing with ISPs who  
> don't
> want to spend the effort making things work.
> A spat of messages on this topic came up recently. I think what  
> you've been
> asking for boils down to this: "Why can't we have a best-of-breed  
> hosting
> package combined with a pre-configured Rev server scripting  
> environment,
> that just works! No hassle!". Well the timing of this discussion was  
> good,
> as we're now ready to introduce something we've been planning for a  
> while: a
> proper server version of Revolution.
> Its been a fun process developing the service. We've put our newest
> scripting technology up there, so people can start using short, easy
> snippets of Rev code in their HTML pages. The engineers have come up  
> with
> some neat stuff. A new Internet library that is super-fast and low- 
> overhead.
> A scheme for hooking into the server for live debugging. And they'll  
> have
> more to bring to the table soon: new syntax for working with  
> databases that
> is crystal-clear.
> The plan caught on like wildfire in the office. Everyone had  
> something to
> contribute. The enthusiasm was palpable both in the offices and in  
> our Skype
> meetings across the oceans. The result in our brand-new On-Rev Server
> product, which you can see at http://www.On-Rev.com.
> With On-Rev, we've put it all together for you. This is an extremely  
> simple,
> friendly, and easy-to-use server scripting environment compared to  
> anything
> else out there or any previous Rev server scripting engine.
> - We've nailed the hosting side of it... you'll find it really  
> attractive
> compared to whatever you're using now. Ample disk space and bandwidth,
> world-class data center and screaming fast hardware. Ultra-reliable.  
> The
> ability to host unlimited domains, spam filtering, one-click  
> installs, the
> works. No question this is a hosting plan you'd love.
> - And we've paired it with the alpha release of our amazing new server
> scripting platform. Already, as of today, you can play with the new  
> server
> Script Editor and Debugger, using the all-new second-generation server
> scripting engine. You can a write simple snippet of code, like <?rev  
> put the
> time ?>, into your HTML page and boom it just works! If there is a  
> problem,
> you can *step through* your server code and watch all your  
> environment,
> global and script variables live in real-time! Dear heavens, if you  
> have any
> love of Rev coding at all, this should rock your world! Not to  
> mention that
> you'll have the chance to give input and help shape the direction of  
> the
> service, at the same time you're first in line for all of our new  
> goodies
> coming down the pike.
> Ok... there's "one more thing." We appreciate our customers, and we  
> want to
> make sure everyone has the opportunity to learn and use Rev server
> scripting. We want to see what you can do! Rev-based content  
> management
> systems? Online games? A really easy-to-use storefront? Multi-user  
> database
> systems? We know you can do it! So... to make this irresistible...  
> to make
> it so you have absolutely no reason not to get into our new server  
> scripting
> platform at the ground level... we asked one more question:
> "Can we introduce it at $499 for life?"
> We ran the numbers and the answer was a resounding YES... as long as  
> we kept
> it to limited numbers and a very short introductory period, we could  
> do it.
> Of course we want to reward our loyal customers. But we also want to  
> reward
> the early adopters who will be vital in helping us shape the  
> service. And we
> need an active community of people using the platform so that we  
> have lots
> of experts sharing advice, code for games, blogs, CMS systems...you  
> name
> it...
> Now, I already mentioned this is an amazing deal just considering the
> hosting. Shop around and you'll find this caliber of hosting going  
> for as
> much as $250 a year or $25/month. (We didn't want to compete with  
> those
> cramped shared services of "unlimited-but-not-really" for 99 cents a  
> month.)
> Again, quality hosting. Pay just once now, and never have to worry  
> about
> your hosting payment again. So that alone is going to save you  
> thousands of
> dollars over the years for all your domains. But On-Rev is not just  
> hosting,
> it's a playground where you've got zero-hassle access to the very best
> server technology we've got to offer. Finally you can make your  
> vision for
> highly interactive Web 2.0 software a reality!
> $499 for lifetime hosting on our Rev-optimized server is our gift to  
> the
> community and we hope you're as excited about it as we are. Get all  
> the
> details and sign up for the $499 "Founders" special before May 1 at
> http://www.On-Rev.com
> Kind regards,
> Kevin
> Kevin Miller ~ kevin at runrev.com ~ http://www.runrev.com/
> Runtime Revolution - User-Centric Development Tools
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