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[REBOL] Congratulations, Elan! Re:

From: rebol::techscribe::com at: 28-Jul-2000 16:22

Hi Ralph, you wrote:
>I've now actually seen REBOL: THE OFFICIAL GUIDE (first shipment arrived in >our warehouse today). > >Super good job, Elan! Congratulations. This book is a must have, folks!
Thanks Ralph. I'm in the process of setting up a mailing list for the book, for errata, bug fixes, and support. You can subscribe to RTOG (REBOL The Official Guide) list at I had two goals with this book: 1. To make it possible for a person who has never programmed before to learn to program using REBOL (chapters 2 - 6). 2. My main intention, however, was to provide as much usable code as I was able to squeeze into this book with (typically) line-by-line explanations. (Intermediate Programming, Chapters 7-14)... 3. ... and to demonstrate that REBOL - though typically used as a scripting language - can be used to implement complex and large applications that would usually require compiled languages such as C, C++, or Pascal. In chapters 16 - 22 I present (albeit a simple, but usable) distributed database management system (DDBMS), that is supported by a Consumer Database Dialect (CDD), based on the block oriented parse functions. (String oriented parsing is explained in Chapter 12). I think that the chapters that implement the DDBMS can also be viewed as a collection of programming techniques and useful source code fragments, that can be reused in other situations.
>This is a MASSIVE TOME at 728 pages, weighing 3 lbs., 5 oz. I've just had >time to peruse it briefly but have seen lots of useful stuff.
Did you see the tiny fonts they used for the introduction?
>And, yes, we're shipping books! They would arrive on a Friday<g>, but I've >already laid on some overtime for tomorrow to finish getting all the orders >in hand filled. Both people getting books next week and my warehouse people >will be happy. > >--Ralph Roberts >
;- Elan [ : - ) ] author of REBOL: THE OFFICIAL GUIDE REBOL Press: The Official Source for REBOL Books visit me at