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[REBOL] context of a function Re:(9)

From: galtbarber:mailandnews at: 25-Aug-2000 15:13

I hate to disagree with people that are smarter than me, but I seriously think you are underestimating what it takes to really understand rebol, especially for those less brilliant. I generally find that most of my knowledge of other computer systems to gain insight into rebol is quite helpful and revealing. Even having the context to say, this is like scheme or logo in rebol, but that is like some other language, etc. is all helpful. So, yes, it is true that rebol is different in important ways from other languages and therefore you will have to gain a new understanding. But this notion that you would be better off starting from a point of total ignorance and then everything would be easy is patently absurd. When I have trouble with Rebol, if I was a less knowledgeable user I would probably just give up. Being able to make some guesses about possible causes or solutions is much better. So, the best way really, is for Rebol to tell us how it works inside. When you know how rebol lists really work, and string literals and contexts and words, then you understand rebol. Ignorance or innocence isn't much help. Obviously, one should try never to allow preconceptions and prejudice to inhibit understanding, and that is true of everything, not just Rebol. I am not a stupid person, even if I am not a genius. I only got this far with Rebol because I am doggedly persistent, not because I have the pleasantly uncluttered mind of an infant. I really like and respect you Andrew, and I appreciate all the work you have done for Rebol and the members of the list. I just didn't want to let this go by yet again ... Now, this doesn't mean that I am anti-Rebol or want to be critical or whatever. We all love Rebol and want to use it as much as possible! I still don't know how forgetting everything I know is going to help me figure out just what the heck read-io really does and why timeouts dont seem to work as advertised for downloading big files... I will tell you, one of the joys of using Rebol is that it's so much nicer than other languages in many areas. If you didn't know something about them you probably would wonder what the fuss was all about when you hear people rave about Rebol! -Galt p.s. I bet Carl dreamed up Rebol, not by forgetting everything he ever knew, but by knowing so much about the current systems and their problems, and deeply pondering causes and possible solutions, and using insight gained throught deep experience and hard work.