[REBOL] Re: Does the REBOL book clarify REBOL semantics?
From: sw:paradise at: 23-Nov-2000 7:08
At 11:13 21/11/00 -0800, the illustrious Elan graciously replied:
>> Accordingly, I'm considering buying "REBOL-The Official Guide".
>> However, before doing so I'd like to solicit your opinions
>> on the text. Does it clarify some of the parameter passing
>> semantics? Does it clarify the notion of a "value"? Does it
>> ramble? Please be critical.
>As the author of "RTOG" I'm perhaps a little biased ;-). I think that
>Chapters 1 and 3 - 6 will give you a good basis for working with REBOL
>From 1982 - 1987 my primary programming language was C, and I believe
>that these chapters will help you more easily master REBOL language
>constructs that may be a little confusing for programmers who are
>accustomed to think in terms of C constructs.
>Chapters 7 - 9 illustrate the application of the material covered in
>Chapters 3 - 6. In these chapters I had the reader in mind who is
>learning REBOL as a first programming language. For you these chapters
>are probably boring, because as an experienced programmer you will
>alread know how to assemeble language constructs into a program. You
>should still browse through these chapters because they also introduce
>some new material.
>Chapter 10 is an exercise in using the find function.
>Chapter 11 should be of interest to you, since it discusses REBOL's
>built-in debugging tools and explains REBOL's exception system in some
>Chapter 12 (pages 300 - 337) covers string parsing in some depth.
>Chapter 22 covers block parsing, which is the basis for implementing
>"Small Languages" in REBOL (dialects). I think Chapters 11 and 22 will
>help you get a quickstart with parsing. (Block parsing was introduced
>around the time the book was supposed to go to the printer. That's why
>block parsing ended up in the hastily written Chapter 22 ;-).
>Chapter 13 contains a rather useful discussion of contexts (and
>Chapter 14 contains "all you need to know" for using REBOL as CGI agent.
>It also shows you how to use REBOL to simplify the process of generating
>Chapters 16 - 18 assembles relatively useful (and reausable) material
>for working with objects.
>Chapter 19 will show you how to use high-level Internet protocols, but
>as a C programmer you will probably find Chapter 21 more intriguing.
>This chapter covers the low-level implementation of the port mechanisms
>and should contain just about enough information for you to implement
>your own protocols.
>Hope this helps.
Thanks for that excellent description.
Will be ordering my copy from "Flying Pig" in NZ
in a couple of hours when they open.