Actual vs. Possible (was 'Menu woes')

Alex Tweedly alex at tweedly.net
Mon Jan 3 19:22:16 EST 2005


Chipp Walters wrote:

> Richard,
>
> I agree completely with your 'Actual vs Possible' message and urge 
> others to utilize the Improve list (as Dar does frequently and with 
> great insight) for the discussion of 'improvements', if possible.

The key phrase is "if possible" - some of us don't qualify for that list :-)

> I think it's in the best interest for us developers for RR to sell as 
> many copies of the Revolution software development environment. And to 
> that end, it is important as listmembers to distinguish between what 
> works and what keeps people from being able to develop and publish an 
> application at all. Frankly, I've yet to find any showstoppers;-) 
> There are some weird work arounds, but they are nothing compared to 
> the hoops one has to jump through to, say, ...embed Safari into an 
> external using Apple's not well documented and *very* buggy WebKit!

Indeed - the list can sometimes give the false impression that 
everything is broken, and it was a good reminder from Richard. But it is 
(imho) a great factor in favour of Rev that there is an accessible, open 
forum like this to discuss suggestions. It's not quite Open Source - but 
there is a strong impression that ideas raised here have a reasonable 
chance - if they work out, which not all will - of making it onto the 
"seriously considered" list in the future. That's pretty different from 
a lot of other language and development environments.

-- Alex.


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