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[REBOL] Re: Question and comment about randomizing a block of values

From: joel:neely:fedex at: 20-Jun-2001 15:28

Hi, nop, Hmmm... The REBOL equivalent of "Where's Waldo?" could be until [ find "jeff" foreach x head insert/dup "" "nop" 4 [ append "" to-char 32 + random x - 32 ] ] nop wrote:
> Huh, I could have sworn one of the changes docs listed at least > RANDOM/only... > I just didn't realize people didn't know about it. :-) >
Seriously, thanks for bringing it up. My apologies for sounding grumpy! I really would like to figure out some way to increase the bandwidth (and I don't mean to sound like I'm beating up on RT for not doing more!) For example... In REBOL/Zine/1 Carl referred to running regression tests after doing a new build. I assume that means there's a test suite evaluates a largish pile of expressions and verifies that each yields the expected value. Assuming that's true... If RT could make those tests available in some fashion, they would make a wonderful addition to the "use the source, Luke" story! If one wanted to know how a function was supposed to behave, the effect of a refinement, etc. one could look at (or run) the appropriate tests for a real-life "here's what we intended" sample. I'd be very happy to try to take some of the less obvious ones and write descriptions for what's going on and why, and I'm sure I'm not alone in that. The quid pro quo is that RT gives us (the community) a little more (existing) information, and we add value to it for RT and the community. I'd also be very happy to write additional tests, both for reference and regression purposes. I'm open to any other ideas that involve shared effort for common benefit (as long as I don't have to write anything in The Language That Must Not Be Named! ;-) -- It's turtles all the way down! joel'dot'neely'at'fedex'dot'com