I've looked through a few of Nick's sites and really appreciate the articles. I was hoping at some point he or someone in the Rebol community(maybe Carl) would write a nice book on Rebol. Not just the language, but the philosophy too. I work with a lot of programmers that use really complicated tech stacks, complain all day, and snort in derision when I point out Rebol. Sure it isn't perfect in all situations, but I bet a large portion of common business programming functions make a lot more sense in Rebol than Java. It would be great to see a book starting with the language basics and then going over the common dialects and how to build your own non trivial dialects. I hear Rebol has easy XML native types, but can also avoid it if needed as it has it's own format. That is cool and deserves to be mentioned. I wonder how much of the programming I do is done using inferior methods only because 99% of the coding world all does it that way? Something like 'Rebol: Software done right'. A community created book like that could probably be only moderately extended when Red reaches 1.0 (add support for Red/System, concurrency...etc) if that is the future direction. I know this is pretty out there, but thought I'd at least bring it up.
posted by: Newbius 12-May-2017/21:11:37-7:00
If you have some time, should look through Carl's blog. Couple of highlights:
Was XML Flawed from the Start?
More than Just Code - A Deep Lake.
Also Brian Dickens (aka. Hostile Fork) wrote an introduction from the philosophical point of view:
Why Rebol, Red, and the Parse dialect are Cool
posted by: Chris 12-May-2017/22:09:05-7:00
Nice articles and thanks for sending! I really just wish all this excellent information was more accessible (who knows what I'm missing :)). Even this simple blog is nice and simple (how software should be). It really is a breath of fresh air. I also see a French author has a free book available that I'll have to check out.
posted by: Newbius 13-May-2017/9:27:29-7:00