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[REBOL] Re: REBOL DOC for teaching - Some criteria I would like to share before applying

From: gerardcote:sympatico:ca at: 27-Jan-2004 18:31

Hi Didec, You wrote:
> Just to comment that we, on the French forum, are making the same sort of analyse than yours. We begin to think of the same sort
of work.
I recently went to your REBOLFRANCE web site and even read some threads from your Forum. Simple but efficient way to post and present the msgs. In fact your idea is welcome as I asked myself how I could start some discussion about this subject with the goal of getting some collaborators to help select, define et prepare the exercices themselves that would serve to illustrate the many concepts. this is generally what takes most of the time. For sure the explanation level accompanying each script doesn't have to be very deep but nevertheless there is a minimum we should state about. Remember that it has to be adapted to newbies aged from 13 up to say 17 or a bit more that don't know anything about programming or CS. I also found some REBPAD script written by Fran=E7ois Jouen - an editor written entirely with REBOL - that could serve us a a starting base for illustrating some advanced /View particular features - later in the teaching process - but the idea here is that we don't have to reinvent the wheel. There is a lot of material here and then that just waits to be discovered, chopped in pieces and explained in small understandable fragments. Just this would be a useful add-on to our library. As an example, I found the Ropus.r script from Gabriele Santilli yesterday in the Library ans since I was trying to find a way to illustrate the Console use, I thought about using it. It took my old 2.3 Core version before I went into a working version. The newer ones (2.5) never did the job. After a couple of hours looking for what the trouble is I was not able to precisely find it but I suspect the way the keyboard buffer is impemented. I checked manually for the good functioning of most output functions and all worked using the virtual console Gabriele implemented. Finally when the product worked on my 2.3 Core version I was no more advanced since No DOC came with it, just a HELP MENU summarizing the meaning of each key. This was not sufficient to me for a quick try. I will have to dig again in the code to learn more about what each function and object do and how they are interrelated to finally hope to find how to use it and extract the routines I need to illustrate my keyboard concepts. This give you an idea of the job we must face to with this project. But this is interesting and if we can coordinate split and delegate well our many tasks, then may be we would leverage our man power to shrink the required time. But don't forget I do this first for my own fun while learning and second to be useful to others too.. So the time limits must not be too restricting for me since this is the year period where I just begin to go skiing after the big January and sometimes February colds here in Quebec City. ANd even worse my doctor will probbly send me back to work a bit a time for about 1 to 2 days each week very soon. So my time will be more restricted during next few weeks but for now this is not a problem yet. A lot of my friends would be very happy to mimic me by now but ... ;-) So when will we meet together for exchanging about the first ideas I already put on paper ? Later tonight I will see how I can subscribe myself to the French Forum on REBOLFRANCE. See you then or at least I'll post in some way for letting you to know that I'm alive... Thanks for your "sollicitude", Gerard