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[REBOL] Re: What else don't I know

From: carl:cybercraft at: 24-Jan-2004 11:45

On 10-Jan-04, Steven White wrote:
> I was looking around various REBOL sites and came across a script > that uses a function called "emailer" which seems to be a REBOL > function that pops up a window for sending an email message. "help > emailer" at the console confirms the function's existence. > I looked at the function dictionary on the REBOL web site and did > NOT see a reference to "emailer." > This makes me wonder what other functions there might be that are > not documented. Does everyone else just stumble across these things > or is there some documentation I am missing? One would think that > the REBOL Function Dictionary would contain all the functions.
I often stumble on words I don't know, usually at the REBOL Console. ie, a search for "email" in View turns up...
>> ? "email"
Found these words: ctx-emailer (object) email! (datatype) email? (action) emailer (function) import-email (function) parse-email-addrs (function) to-email (function) Of those, I only know what email!, email? and to-email do, but then I've not done much with email on REBOL. Since I can't remember the hundreds of default REBOL words available, my searching for ones that might do what I want usually starts at the Console, though you need to be a bit creative in trying to guess what the right word may be. Searching for "email" doesn't find SEND, for instance.
> I know I can list all the system words and just look them over one > at a time to see what they do. Is that what it takes? Am I just > getting too lazy? Is the missing "emailer" function just a single > omission that slipped through the cracks?
Nope - you're not getting lazy. There should be a tome you can buy that makes it easy for you to find all this info. -- Carl Read