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[REBOL] Re: Handy Hints Page

From: brett:codeconscious at: 13-Jan-2002 23:02

> Sunanda wrote: > > Of course they could be found by someone doing a determined and
> search. But how many postings containing "sort" would you have to read to > find this tip? How is anyone starting Rebol next week ever going to
> across Volver's brilliant vv? > > > It's not a new suggestion (I know, cos I've made it twice before, though > not on this list) that somewhere we have a "Handy hints" page that
> and showcases all the small simple "tricks" that give Rebol such depth.
I know what you mean Sunanda. My "solution" was to attempt record everything that suprised me on the list or that was non-obvious. This was a commitment I made while I was heavily learning Rebol. This was (a) going to be useful to me, and I figured, (b) useful to others. This was the inital content for Some issues: I make an effort to read 95% of mails on the list. This by itself is time consuming let alone adding editing and publishing (even with a simple Rebol content system). Some things are not far enough different from other information in the notes or the official documentation to warrant seperate topics. Checking the resources first takes time. Some things like Volker's insight regarding vv require a context to be established before their value is appreciated. Put too much information out and it just becomes noise or is too fragmented (this is my problem with wikis). A distributed approach to collecting this information seems sensible. My suggestion. Do what I did, record the stuff you say "Aha!" to. Use the web model - knit the results together. Obviously redundancies will occur but they will not be exactly alike - and the differences can be useful by themselves. I believe there is value in people "explaining in their own words" what they understand or what is meaningful to them - so I think a centralised glossary or FAQ would unfortunately discard some useful implied context. That said a common encoding format (most like related to make-doc format) would be useful for searching. Lastly here's a shameless plug for an "old" store of info: Brett.