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[REBOL] Re: Dialect: graphics for Charts, Diagrams, Graphing ?

From: jasonic:panix at: 17-Nov-2001 15:50

> > No, I mean that most of the program samples that I saw on the REBOL > > site have no comments at all in their code, to document what > > *exactly* is going on. > > Ah, yes, I agree entirely. Just like my bar-chart script. (: There's > the Catch 22 of being told "The script library is one of the best > ways to learn REBOL" when you can't understand a script until you > have a reasonable understanding of REBOL to begin with...
Titling and Commenting are fine arts unto themselves. Apart from much needed in-line comments throughout the library examples, what would be really great is more 'live' documentation like: Being able to click on the gray highlighted source code examples and have the real results pop up like that while following a presenter's narrative thread is something teachers and computer literacy evangelists and developers dream of! REBOL could make itself incredibly attractive to schools and others if it were developed just even a little bit further in these directions. My wish-list suggestions: - shell integrated: make it easier to keep one's place while trying variations live also make it easier to more experienced Rebolers to add/edit comments - comments allowed [with hide/show/edit/add buttons] - publishing considerations [print to HTML, PDF, Vanilla {Snips} library, REBOLeasy-? format] - richer cut'n'paste features, for example the live gray boxes. - syntax color highlighting - "fold" option to expand/contract code the same way MS IE handles XML, Mathematica Notebooks and Scintilla all use - automatic hyperlinking of objects, code etc to allow one to explore code and contents. Preferably as named buttons showing source, probe, object-viewer info for whatever word is selected at the time button is clicked. yes one can fire up a test editor to get syntax highlighting and open multiple REBOL sessions, type 'source 'probe etc. But one has lost the presentation ability. I am looking forward to see how well Glass can make what I describe above easier to implement. I know the Python edu-sig folks are moving steadily down this road right now. They still lack the simple GUI though. They would die if they could see in action. Especially the clear hypercardi-sh structure it offers. Brilliant. wxPython does this already and PythonCard is simplifying wxPython use. But still a lot more code and obfuscation in the way relative to REBOL, even though Python is truly one of the most *readable* fun powerful languages anywhere. - Jason