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John Lewis wrote:
>1. (Mac vs. cross platform). CLIM already exists and addresses the
> cross-platform community. I vote for a more mac-centric application
> framework which should be suitable for 'commercial' quality applications.
>2. (CLIM/Dylan/Bedrock/...). A vote for 'roll our own', and port it to
> Dylan when available. (The designers of the app framework should
> decide whether or not CLIM is suitable for an industrial quality
>3. (Other OS). The operating system/platform competition has never been
> more open than it is now; I'm waiting before deciding.
> I hope Apple makes available a quasi public domain Dylan for porting
> purposes. I would like to see Dylan on some Unix machines.
I agree with John Lewis in many respects:
a more mac-centric framework could be developed quickly. A cross-platform
thing would mean that a lot of effort would have to be put into
compatibility issues and the merging of different "philosophies" which
don't really match very well. Moreover, John's argument about the
OS system/platform competition (more open than ever) is valid for
the framework question as well. Therefore, I vote for a clean
but powerful framework suitable for 'commercial' quality applications.
A further point: concentrating on the Mac would allow the development
team to focus on areas where
1) the Mac has either great advantages over other systems (which would
create difficulties for a cross-platform framework because of the
'least common denominator' problem), and
2) MCL (and the Mac) have weaknesses in comparison to other systems,
e.g. in high-level support for multitasking, networking, RPC etc.