Interesting blog post - comments anyone?

Richmond Mathewson richmondmathewson at gmail.com
Tue Dec 1 02:15:08 EST 2009


On 12/1/09 7:19 AM, Sivakatirswami wrote:
> Scott Rossi wrote
>>  Rev has been around for years now --
>> I think it's quite capable of standing on its own, without the crutch 
>> of a
>> bygone development tool to prop it up.
> But comments by those ignorant of the history imply that revTalk is a 
> new kid on the block and will come and go like so many others.
>
> Is there no value in making it clear that xTalk as a tool (regardless 
> of the IDE wrapper, HC, Supercard MC etc.) is as old as the Personal 
> Computing Revolution itself?
>
> I tell people, simply:
>
> "It's not open source, and it's not a well known as PHP, but it's 
> xTalk and xTalk has been around since 1983, and if it is good enough 
> for NASA, I think we don't need to worry about vesting content in the 
> RunRev platform. The core of the language has been with us for 25 
> years. Its robust, powerful, fast and facile and in RunRev's hands, it 
> is only getting better and better every year. It will be around for 
> another 50, at least as long as your lifetime."
>
> Why throw away the history?
>

I don't think "throwing away the history" is ever a good thing, but 
laying the history on thick can also prove
detrimental.

An impression could be gained that RunRev is a coterie interest just for 
long-in-the-tooth types who
used to work with Hypercard.



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