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[REBOL] Re: A prototype typechecker

From: jan:skibinski:sympatico:ca at: 8-Nov-2002 12:42

Hi Gregg,
> I'm thinking of things on the user side. For us, it's a little annoying to > get a "syntax error", but that kind of thing is totally foreign to normal > human beings. When creating dialects, we need to take into account not only > how we handle well formed input, but how we handle malformed input. The more > information we gather during the parse process, the better feedback we can > provide if something isn't right. Since the whole idea of a dialect is to > speak *their* language - whoever "they" might be - I like the idea of > "dialected datatypes" (for lack of a better made up term :), which is kind > of what the signature and typeset view gives us. >
Thank you for this feedback. It is certainly fruitful for me. I know very little about dialects yet, except for a few I came across when browsing rebolforces articles and some WWR sites. Btw, browsing the sites from desktop is real pain - it takes too long to filter out meaningful sites from the rest. I am talking from a perspective of a newcomer, who is still unfamiliar with names of Rebolites. But if I recall there was some discussion about improvements in that area. I would be quite greatful if someone could list some useful dialects for me to peruse. Am I right to assume that Rebol 'dialects mean exactly the same as what others call DSELs - Domain Specific Embedded Languages? Jan