On-Rev: We've listened

George C Brackett gbrackett at luceatlux.com
Thu Apr 16 16:37:14 EDT 2009

I agree -- this is an exciting development.  But...

What I see from the examples is the opportunity to use Rev plus HTML +  
Javascript + CSS to accomplish what I normally use PHP + HTML +  
Javascript + CSS to accomplish.  I love the idea of $499 for lifelong  
hosting, but the hard parts for me are not the PHP coding but figuring  
out the rest of the collection of tools, notably CSS and Javascript  
(or Java, or ...).

I am instead most attracted by the opportunity to use Rev alone to  
substitute for ALL those tools, which is what the future Rev 4 plugin  
will provide.  The cost will be that the user must download and  
install the plugin, which I hope fervently will be VERY easy to do,  
just as easy as Quicktime etc.  The plugin will work with my current  
servers, since it is client-side.  And since I develop for schools,  
the interactivity and display sophistication offered by Rev (and now  
especially in 3.5) are essential, and most easily accomplished in  
Rev's rich and powerful environment.

So I'm mulling over this new opportunity.  I'm tempted, for sure:  
Powerful new server environment and helping support the ongoing  
development of Rev vs. moving a number of domains (including one using  
Joomla) to obtain coding advantages I probably won't use.  I look  
forward to hearing more from other folks about their thoughts on these  
issues.  As always, I expect to learn a lot.


On Apr 16, 2009, at 3:57 PM, Brian Yennie wrote:

Very exciting to see this released. Just two thoughts:

1) The $499 deal is nice, but I'm hoping there will be some free  
option out soon. I'd love to start playing (and have no problem  
installing an Apache module on my own server), but can't budget $500  
with no idea if I'll really want to use it for a project. That's a lot  
to invest in a web host with no track record, at least for me, when I  
have plenty of spare capacity on my own machines. I understand the  
approach, just my 2 cents.

2) Debugger, debugger, debugger. Get that right and I think this has a  
shot at attracting developers from other languages. You'll have a hard  
time convincing PHP guys that Rev syntax is a reason to switch. But...  
a true "no brainer" debugger... THAT is a reason to check it out if  
you are currently happy with PHP / Perl / Ruby / et al.

- Brian
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