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[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:
>Hi -sw, > >you wrote: > >> 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 >detail. > >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 >objects). > >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 >HTML code. > >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. > >Elan
Thanks for that excellent description. Will be ordering my copy from "Flying Pig" in NZ in a couple of hours when they open. Much obliged. j-sw --intrepid REBOLler