[REBOL] Re: Correct Behaviour? Was False = 2 ????
From: awing:hetnet:nl at: 2-Jul-2001 20:04
Hi to all.
being a newbie to REBOL, I am interested in the subject! I've done a lot of
work using lots of programming languages.
Just as Carl I find languages fascinating. So far (having looked at REBOL
for a few weeks now) I've got a positive "feeling" about it.
Having said that, I agree with Mark that it is better to "purify" the
language now in order to keep up with future requirements.
> 1. Should Series! Index begin at Zero?
Yes, I like that. To be backward compatible, however, a REBOL command line
switch could be added to enable both ways.
> 2. Should 0, None & False be equivalent
> for 'PICKing values from a series! and
> return the FIRST or index 0 value whereas
> True and 1 would return the SECOND or
> Index 1 value?
To be honest, I look upon this issue as an obscure one. I believe that True
and False etc. should not be looked at as if they are ordinal and can be
used as indices into a series! I would vote for an error to be generated
when one tries to misuse boolean values this way.
> Now I know all of this is hypothetical as only
> Carl & the RT gang can actually decide and implement
> any Language changes to REBOL ...
I think it is a pity that the language remains proprietary! In order to gain
broad support for and use of REBOL, there should evolve ways to influence
the further development of REBOL by the open community. Not doing so will
prevent REBOL from growing real big.
Arie van Wingerden