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Curl answered Joel's requirements in 1997?

Did anyone seriously try Curl out? I remember the company had absurd licensing, like you had to pay money for each page someone downloaded. But the tech seemed good. And answered Joel's objections.

Instead of a declarative language (html), an imperative one (Javascript), and a few others for graphics/interaction, it seemed you could go quite far with one, Curl. In the spirit of HTML, so search engines could easily go through Curl pages.

I'm not too interested in Curl, but maybe the ideas can be stolen? The W3C guys seems to think event-driven programming is the Right Idea, which Curl had for a long time. Other ideas can be mined?

Tayssir John Gabbour
Saturday, June 19, 2004

You are sadly deluded.  Curl is a nice little utility for snarfing internet content into a file.  It's also a great little library for adding the same features to your software.

Not much by way of a programming language though.  Just useful for using with other languages.

Clay Dowling
Saturday, June 19, 2004

I think he was refering to

Though the first poster might have been astro turfing.

Patrick May
Saturday, June 19, 2004

Not exactly:

I don't have much time to go over why I'm not sadly deluded or astroturfing, so I'll retract this question. Maybe it can be deleted. To those technologists who like Curl, I'm sorry for accidentally associating it with astroturfing and sad delusions. ;)

Tayssir John Gabbour
Saturday, June 19, 2004

The MIT link mentions that the .com link is the commercial adaptation of the project.

I've never heard of it, though I have heard of and used curl/libcurl.

So the original question stands: is curl useful? Does anyone use it? Is it worse enough to be better?

Saturday, June 19, 2004

Looks interesting. But has a 20 MB runtime (I'm guessing it's only 10 MB compessed. Doesn't say).

And it requires I.E.

"You must have Microsoft® Internet Explorer (IE) version 5.0 or later installed on your computer. It must be installed even if you do not use Microsoft Internet Explorer as your Web browser."

Mr. Analogy
Saturday, June 19, 2004

Curl never answered anyone's requirements for anything, ever.

Look out for turf toe.
Saturday, June 19, 2004

Yeah, you have to ignore those braindead design decisions made by the company. That's why I was asking around for people who had experience with Curl, who might talk in a fair manner about it in a purely technical fashion.

If you're out to steal old ideas, it's great to find dumb company + smart tech. Because others might not think to loot the corpse, thinking it did nothing right. As people often say here, great technology doesn't mean you'll have a successful business. A lot of smart people don't get dates either.

Tayssir John Gabbour
Saturday, June 19, 2004

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