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[REBOL] Re: Understanding REBOL...

From: carl:cybercraft at: 11-Aug-2008 17:05

On Sunday, 10-August-2008 at 21:11:28 greg.schofield wrote,
>Rebol works, but how it works is something of a mystery and because of >this anticipating what should or should not work becomes very >confusing. In fact, I am leaving aside doing anything with the language >until R3 emerges, my small forays have proved to me that REBOL is very >very powerful and in a way that is completely new to me, but that what >little hold I have on the language is easily disrupted.
I'm reasonably comfortable with the language now, (except for parsing, I not having done enough of it for it to have stuck), but I remember with leaning REBOL that it was best done by doing it. The "look at others' scripts" kind of advice I found useless. Scripts written in REBOL are not easily read and never will be. (As apposed to dialects written in REBOL, which can be if required. VID's quite good, for example.) Is a particular word data or code? Well, it can be either. And if code, is it one of the default REBOL functions? Who knows? And even if it is, in the context it's being used it may be a totally different function or actually be data. And I wouldn't have it any other way, but we need to acknowledge this can create a bumpy learning curve. -- Carl Read.