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[REBOL] Re: [BUG?] read-io & write-io or Wait or is TCL better?

From: maximo:meteorstudios at: 7-Aug-2003 11:28

> I was suprised that dictionary description of read-io is already very > nice and informal. Maybe a small note as - beware - it is a good > practise to clear your buffer in your while loop ... etc. would be > sufficient to save wasted hours of testing for those who > reach read-io > function ignoring what the "low-level" actually means ... ;-)
I agree, no one can guess such a detail. and many such details are CAPITAL in rebol? (like who could guess that "insert tail" is faster than "append"!). just take the topic of binding and context or parsing. It easily takes a year for a novice to realise the true potential and power of being able to USE this to their advantage. Its usually tought of as a bug when you start having such issues.... you struggle and then pow! you get like a flash... and your programming mentality completely changes... I'm sure many of you understand what I just explained. that's usually at about the same time you start being able to understand whenever Ladislav shares a code snippet. LOL ;-) ;-) ;-) really, when I started, I remember reading a 10 line script of his and finching my eyes for hours on end trying to "get it". I still do, sometimes. ;-) ;-) Eventually, we all get to a state, where its hard to illustrate with code because what we write gets so advanced, or is written with to many invisible facets (WRT novice eyes) without us realizing it. do you all realise the number of words core and view now have? its really a huge list. Its easy to miss many of them. I've taken to reading the dictionnary every two weeks, just to keep the whole list in my head... I just discovered the "has" word 2 months ago and I've been using rebol/core since v1.3 WE ALL agree that there are some details missing in the docs. There are so many answers on this list which get forgotten.... I really wish RT added a search engine in their docs page which referrenced, tutorials, dictionnary, the user guide all the how-to's, and of course, the web view of the list. They should make it obvious. An official wiki would also be cool. whenever I have a problem in python I go to the doc search page and I type one word or two words and I usually get several good answers, usualy by links right in the docs or through known forums and lists. this is an essential tool which REALLY makes python an easier language to approach than rebol (but it doesn't make it any easier to use ;-), sorry it sounds bad but its my 0.02 (in canadian $ ;-) -MAx