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[REBOL] REBOL/View 1.3 - invalid word datatype

From: rebol-list2::seznam::cz at: 15-Dec-2003 14:50

Hello Carl, As you are preparing new build of Rebol, I would like to ask you, If it would be possible to change somehow handling of "invalid datatypes" As I'm working on a probably the largest known dialect using Rebol - the Rebol/Flash dialect ( ), I still feel very limited because of impossibility to use some words. For example I would like to have in my dialect code words like this one:
>> objects/1._x
** Syntax Error: Invalid decimal -- 1._x ** Near: (line 1) objects/1._x As you can see, it's recognized as an invalid decimal. So here comes the question. Would it be possible to change this behavior to something which we could use? There were already some discussions on mailing list about this issue months ago, but I still don't know your opinion. I think the best way would be to handle these 'invalid' words as a special word which would not be able to hold some values but I would be able to parse this word as a normal string. If it will be a problem maybe it would help to use some refinement in the 'load function not to throw these "invalid datatype" errors and convert these "invalid datatypes". If you would make this change, I would be able to make for example functions as are known in other languages for example: myFunc(a, 2, a + b) because loading such a dialect would not throw error like:
>> load [myFunc(a, 2, a + b)]
** Syntax Error: Invalid word -- a, ** Near: (line 1) load [myFunc(a, 2, a + b)] Thank you for your response, David Oliva alias Oldes -- Best regards, rebOldes -----------------[ ]