Code Samples/Comparisons

Mark Swindell mdswindell at
Thu Dec 3 21:08:30 EST 2009

I think Kay C is right here.  Asking Rev users to write comparative code in other languages doesn't make sense from a PR standpoint.  It will always be open to criticism, even if it is viable code.


On Dec 3, 2009, at 4:59 PM, Kay C Lan wrote:

> Bill,
> I will say the same thing I said to Kevin's recent post:
> The
>> question we were asking was "Which language is going to be easier in day to
>> day use"? For example, the code on the PHP comparison was based on an
>> example posted on a site that *teaches* how to write PHP. So clearly its of
>> a standard that is used in the real world. If you're an expert coding in
>> PHP
>> every day you can shorten it. Same with the revTalk example as it happens.
> What is simply needed is a bibliography.
> The fact that the PHP example comes from a site that teaches PHP is a huge
> blow to any argument that Rev is manipulating example to their own benefit.
> But that fact is not evident on the pdf.
> We don't need Rev users to 'create' examples, no matter how real life they
> are, as they will always be subject to the 'they've been manipulated by Rev'
> accusations.
> Better to find on line examples of code in each of the languages listed,
> especially from sites that supposedly 'teach the language', and then do the
> Rev equivalent.
> If I were to manipulate anything, I'd then try to include these examples on
> 'teach Rev' sites, like Devin Assay's, and include that in the bibliography
> as well.
> As, has already been said, you are not going to persuade the 'real
> programmers' by line counts and code readability, and they'll continue to
> argue that the code examples are poor and they can do better. But for anyone
> new to programing, or actually open minded enough to be considering any or
> all alternatives, links to real examples of other language code and learning
> sites, and actual equivalent examples in Rev are going to be effective, and
> if they follow the links to Learn Rev sites, lead them to the next step down
> the path of giving Rev a try.
> Another 2 clams
> On Thu, Dec 3, 2009 at 11:24 PM, Bill Marriott <wjm at> wrote:
>> Hi everyone,
>> We've taken your feedback to heart and will be putting effort into
>> significantly improving our comparisons. (It obviously doesn't help to put
>> up "straw men.")
>> To that end, I would very much appreciate contributions from the community.
>> If you have code samples in other languages that you feel would be good
>> illustrations of how revTalk can be shorter and/or more readable, please
>> either post them to the list or mail directly to me -- (at)
>> We're especially interested in :
>> - ActionScript (Flash)
>> - REALbasic
>> - PHP
>> and to a lesser extent
>> - C/C++/C#
>> - Visual Basic
>> - Java
>> - JavaScript
>> If you are able to replicate the functionality with a revTalk example, all
>> the better. Try to focus your efforts on real-world tasks, classic
>> programming challenges, things everyone building software can relate to. And
>> of course, areas where revTalk really shines.
>> While it won't be the same as getting "recognized experts" [in those other
>> languages] to produce the examples, I know there's a wealth of knowledge
>> here in the use-list and am hoping you'll contribute some sterling examples.
>> Thanks very much,
>> Bill
>> RunRev marketing guy
>> Whatever the answer, Andre raised a very relevant point, with which I
>>> fully agree, that Rev is not well served by using a comparison against what
>>> others feel is very poor code. [...]
>>> To truly demonstrate Rev's ability against other code, get the code
>>> written by a recognised expert in that language (somebody like Bruce Eckel
>>> for Java and C++). Yes, it would cost money but I believe it would be money
>>> well spent.
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