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[REBOL] re REBOL Zen / idioms

From: dvydra2::yahoo at: 3-Mar-2001 20:33

Jeff, In his book, Refactoring : Improving the Design of Existing Code , Martin Fowler help programmers tame their java code. I now consider it the most important book for learning the Java language. Your example is excellent and I hope that we will see more in the future. I have certainly learned alot about REBOL by refactoring my code many times. Next time I suspect there is a better way to do something, I will ask this list. Regards, David --- [jeff--rebol--net] wrote:
> > There's a certain zen to REBOL and it takes time > to > understand-- something that I am always learning. > > REBOL has a lot of what might seem like idioms, > which really > are ways to do things that make life a lot easier. > They > stem from the craftsmanship in REBOL, the rather > lengthy > effort that went into its design, implementation > and polish. > Many problems you face in programming have a > nicely crafted > solution sitting inside this little binary > interpreter, just > waiting for you to discover it when you need it. > > The code that comes from REBOL should demonstrate > that Zen > because we all are lucky in that we can pick > Carl's brains > over the challenges we encounter. Also, we're > lucky because > we get to write REBOL code as an occupation, so we > get to > find all those little crafted edges inside. I've > always > hoped to pass on what little I have learned of the > Zen of > REBOL to any who would walk in that path. > > Here is an example of some REBOL Zen style idioms. > > > > Consider a block of similar objects: > > block: [make object! [name: "foo" phone: > #222-1111 ... ] ... ] > > Now you're writing a function and you have this > block and it > is really long with many of the same kinds of > objects, but > you need to see if there is an object which has > the name > field set to "Waldo" and you need to see if the > waldo > object's phone field is set to none, If you don't > find this > object you want to do somehing. If you do find > waldo and > waldo has a phone you want to call waldo, > otherwise you want > to complain that he doesn't have a phone. > > Some people might code it like this: > > find-waldo: func [block [block!] /local found > waldo no-fone?][ > found: false > foreach obj block [ > if obj/name = "waldo" [ > waldo: obj > found: true > no-fone?: not none? obj/phone > ] > ] > if not found [wheres-waldo?] > either no-fone? > [waldo-has-no-phone][call-waldo waldo/phone] > ] > > That's a fair approach, similar to how you might > tackle the > problem in basic, maybe. But with REBOL you can > get much > more done in place. Most things return meaningful > values so > the left side of most functions represent an > excellent > place to dock another useful function, save space, > save > steps, and preserve the utility of results. > > How about this: > > find-waldo: func [block [block!] /local result][ > if not result: foreach obj block [ > if obj/name = "waldo" [break/return any > [obj/phone yes]] > ][wheres-waldo?] > either issue? result [call-waldo > result][waldo-has-no-phone] > ] > > Okay, so we have less local variables, the code is > smaller > and therefore is more efficient usually (and in > this case > definitely). The first example trudged through the > whole > block before deciding the outcome, where above we > BREAK/return as soon as we find waldo. The > FOREACH will > return the last evaluation, so if FOREACH makes it > through > the whole block with out ever finding waldo it > will return a > NONE from the last evalutation of the IF > statement. We use > the result of FOREACH to immediately determine if > we found > waldo. Now if result is not a NONE, it will be > either an > issue!, waldo's phone number (#222-111-3333), or a > TRUE > value (yes). The TRUE is arbitrary since we just > have to > return a non false / non none from BREAK/return > and we only > check if we have an issue which means it must be > Waldo's > phone number. > > Programmers will have different styles, but the > language > also has a style of its own. > > With REBOL it usually comes down to taking a > function, > writing it, then rewriting it a few more times, > carving out > the fat while expanding the capability. As a > general rule > most REBOL functions that are written can be > reworked to > accomplish more, to provide more use in the same > amount of > space or less. Code in the eye of the fly and > seek to know > the true path of the REBOL way! :-) > > -jeff > > -- > To unsubscribe from this list, please send an email > to > [rebol-request--rebol--com] with "unsubscribe" in the > subject, without the quotes. >
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