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[REBOL] Problem with try [ open/direct/binary tcp://... ] Re:(2)

From: joel:neely:fedex at: 4-Oct-2000 0:07

[KGD03011--nifty--ne--jp] wrote:
> Hi Joel, > > I think there's a big problem when the docs use a vague term like > "convert to a string," since there are several ways that values > may be converted to strings. >
You're absolutely correct, IMHO! One of the things we need the docs to do is explain WHY there are so many ways and when (as your examples below so well point out) each is used. The distinction between form and mold IS addressed in the docs (and -- fortunately! -- none of the confusing cases seem to have mold as part of the picture). I don't think I've mentioned this analogy before on the list, but some aspects of REBOL (such as discussed in the "series" thread of several months back) make me feel as if I'm doing nuclear physics while trying to learn, use, and explain REBOL. I take it on faith that there are some interesting particles in there, but I have no way to perceive them with the naked eye, nor have I had a spec that told me what they were doing. So, it became necessary to draw on my experience with other languages to imagine what they MIGHT be doing, and then to think up experiments that probe those hypotheses and confirm or refute them. It is possible (and even fun!) to learn things that way -- I once figured out the six-stack microcoded implementation of an Algol-like systems programming language by trying things out and reading core dumps -- but it certainly isn't the most efficient nor the easiest on the nerves! -jn-