It has its faults -- the user interface is unusual, documentation is spread out all over the place on UserLand's servers, many dial-up users won't be able to update their weblogs while out of town, and a lot of HTML is hard-coded into scripts where a beginner would never be comfortable changing it.
Overall, though, it's an amazing publishing, information aggregation, and programming environment. It can even be used to develop software in other languages -- I'm thinking about using it for Java programming so I can code in an outliner instead of a text editor.
I'm fully aware of the history -- a few years ago I was banned from the Scripting News discussion board because of mild criticism of SalonHerringWiredFool.Com. I just think it's funny to see such a large number of anonymous negative reviews. It's like people think Dave is going to hunt them down and run down their dog.
Naah, I kinda doubt that people are scared of him so much as they don't want to deal with his crap, and would rather avoid the headache. Also, a lot of them aren't _anonymous_ so much as they don't have explicit first and last names; but then again, last time I looked, many of the positive ones didn't, either.
_i_thinking about using it for Java programming so I can code in an outliner..._/i_
This works for me -- I use the outliner for editing largish Pascal (:-o) sources -- I tweaked my indentation style and now find it *very* convenient.
How do you compile or run the Pascal after creating it in RU?
Simple. Write a script in Radio that writes out the source code, and then invoke the compiler behind the scenes. Have some glue code that gathers the output and displays it. Dig through the Python IDE that I put together for clues.