Mailing List Archive: 49091 messages
  • Home
  • Script library
  • AltME Archive
  • Mailing list
  • Articles Index
  • Site search

[REBOL] Re: The Rebol type system

From: joel:neely:fedex at: 7-Nov-2001 0:43

Hi, Maarten, Maarten Koopmans wrote:
> Hi, > > What *is* the Rebol type system? >
One of the profound mysteries of the universe, ranking just after quantum gravitation and hanging chads.
> Why can't I make new types? >
Because your name isn't Carl. And you also can't tear that little tag off of your sofa cushions!
> Why can't I instantiate some types? >
See previous answer.
> Why.....? >
Because. (Sorry, I couldn't help myself... ;-) Seriously, I could offer the standard platitudes about a datatype being a class of values and the set of operations that can be applied to them, but I suspect that any real answer would have to come from comments by RT staff (anybody listening, hint hint...) or with the publication of documentation of "inner REBOL" (for which I'm devoutly wishing but not holding my breath). Out of curiousity, are you currently using any language that *does* allow you to create your own types? I'd love to be able to create my own values of type OP! (then we'd *really* have a dialecting language ;-), but are there others that you'd like to be able to instantiate? -jn- -- Unix is user-friendly, its just picky about who it's friends with. -- Douglas O'Neal joel[dot[FIX[PUNCTUATION[neely[at[fedex[dot[com