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[REBOL] SketchUp -> seeking Ruby overview in Rebolese

From: jasonic:nomadics at: 8-Aug-2004 13:30

Hi Does anyone here have Ruby experience? If so, I would very much appreciate any thoughts you have about Ruby from a Rebol perspective. At first glance it seems to be halfway between Python and REBOL. Ruby code is short and readable, uses blocks with methods in very direct powerful manner. Why Ruby? Well I've started using a superb 3D design tool call 'SketchUp' for some architectural projects. SketchUp uses Ruby for its scripting API, so I decided to explore Ruby. For people who think with a pen in their hand or sketch on napkins all the time like me, this is the most intuitive, fun, productive 3D software I've ever used. Thanks mainly to its [patented] inference engine and the simple focus in its design philosophy. If REBOL was a 3D design tool I think it would look a lot like SketchUp :-) Like Rebol, SketchUp is a highly interactive design tool. It invites one to start modeling in a simple sketchy mode, working on basic spatial massing, organizing these as reusable components,then returning later them, add details and make changes. It's being in design schools where I hear it is very popular. demo [PC/Mac] and tutorials available at thanks - Jason