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Software News   Software News : Rexx Article on NewsForge
   posted by tbreeden on 5-Jul-2005 13:19:23 (1595 reads)
An interesting item arguing for the use of Rexx, with references:

Why Linux needs Rexx

Even mentions the Amiga:

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What distinguishes Rexx is that it blends ease of use and power through a host of specific techniques. Ease of learning and ease of use are why Rexx came bundled as the scripting language of the Amiga OS and OS/2. Many thousands of developers and end users learned the language through these desktops of yesteryear and still remember it fondly today. Rexx has a proven track record as the driving language for major desktop systems.
    

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Re: Rexx Article on NewsForge
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(Hmmm first attempt at posting didn't work...)

Interesting article, but the author might want to take a second look at Python. He seems to be convinced that Python is purely object oriented, and Python users are OO fiends. It is not only possible to write non-OO, procedural code in Python, but it is quite common for a lot of scripting. Unfortunately, correcting this oversight would mean the autho can't claim Rexx as being the only language that's easy to learn and capable of doing both procedural and OO programming.


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@MetalJoe:

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He seems to be convinced that Python is purely object oriented, and Python users are OO fiends. It is not only possible to write non-OO, procedural code in Python, but it is quite common for a lot of scripting.


I also cannot really follow the reasoning of this article. In my opinion Python is the much better language, because it *can* actually be OO, although it doesn't *need* to be OO. I've written a lot of Python programs that are not OO (most of them in fact)

I never really liked REXX at all, I only used it because it was the standard scripting language on the Amiga. Python is better, in every respect, and much more powerful as well.


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. Python is better, in every respect, and much more powerful as well.


? ??
How to write in python an archive handle module for i.e. Dopus Magellan or a simple script for AWeb that handle e-mail address and pass it to Yam ?


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. Python is better, in every respect, and much more powerful as well.


? ??
How to write in python an archive handle module for i.e. Dopus Magellan or a simple script for AWeb that handle e-mail address and pass it to Yam ?


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How to write in python an archive handle module for i.e. Dopus Magellan or a simple script for AWeb that handle e-mail address and pass it to Yam ?


What does that have to do with the language? With the proper AREXX module (i.e. the proper support routines) there is no problem with that.

The article (and my comment) is about the REXX language, not the AREXX implementation. AmigaPython had a fitting module to be AREXX compatible, but the IPC mechnisms in AREXX are just an extension to the language, and like any Application (for example YAM or AWEB) the Python interpreter can also be made AREXX-aware.

As a language, Python is miles ahead of AREXX. If you ever tried the 're' module in Python and try to achieve the same thing in AREXX, you know what I am talking about. And as soon as you try to realize a larger project (i.e. something that does more than just pass a mail address from AWeb to YAM) you'll see that Python is much more maintainable.


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And as soon as you try to realize a larger project (i.e. something that does more than just pass a mail address from AWeb to YAM) you'll see that Python is much more maintainable.


Power of Amiga is its flexibility in configuration. Arexx is 100% sufficient here IMHO.
Most of Arexx programs are small in size (not a large projects !) and designed for small particular purpose.
And this is Arexx power: Ease of learning and ease of use.
Simplicity rules !


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And as soon as you try to realize a larger project (i.e. something that does more than just pass a mail address from AWeb to YAM) you'll see that Python is much more maintainable.


Power of Amiga is its flexibility in configuration. Arexx is 100% sufficient here IMHO.
Most of Arexx programs are small in size (not a large projects !) and designed for small particular purpose.
And this is Arexx power: Ease of learning and ease of use.
Simplicity rules !


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