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[REBOL] Re: Q: Functions and the visibility of words

From: sanghabum:aol at: 27-Apr-2001 5:00

>From: [ingo--2b1--de] (Ingo Hohmann) >.. on default global variables [Sanghabum--aol--com] spoketh thus: >> The disadvantages are so major, that something needs >> to be done. >And here are two things I've come up with ... <snip> >From: [Al--Bri--xtra--co--nz] (Andrew Martin) >> 2. I've gotten into the habit of starting all functions like this: >Why not get Rebol do the work for you? <snip>
Clever code from both of you! It's a demonstrable strength of Rebol that its out-of-the-box limitations are often just opportunities to write solutions. I guess with a language limitation there are three possible approaches (other than just moaning and switching languages)... -- Find a way to make the limitation liveable, as my examples did; -- Find a way to write processes that bypass the limitation, as you examples do; -- Get the language extended, or fixed. And Carl is presumably working on this with his thoughts about modules. And I'm happy that Carl is doing that as he can clearly think complex issues through to their underlying simplicities. --Colin.