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Learn Red ? Fundamentals of Red

By : Ivo Balbaert
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Learn Red ? Fundamentals of Red

By: Ivo Balbaert

Overview of this book

A key problem of software development today is software bloat, where huge toolchains and development environments are needed in software coding and deployment. Red significantly reduces this bloat by offering a minimalist but complete toolchain. This is the first introductory book about it, and it will get you up and running with Red as quickly as possible. This book shows you how to write effective functions, reduce code redundancies, and improve code reuse. It will be helpful for new programmers who are starting out with Red to explore its wide and ever-growing package ecosystem and also for experienced developers who want to add Red to their skill set. The book presents the fundamentals of programming in Red and in-depth informative examples using a step-by-step approach. You will be taken through concepts and examples such as doing simple metaprogramming, functions, collections, GUI applications, and more. By the end of the book, you will be fully equipped to start your own projects in Red.
Table of Contents (13 chapters)

Red's Mission

In this chapter, we take a look at the main characteristics of Red, more specifically, what makes Red stand out compared to other programming languages. This will motivate you to start learning Red. Don't worry if some statements are a bit abstract at this stage; they will become clearer when we start using Red in the following chapters. It may be a good idea to come back to this chapter later.

We will cover the following topics:

  • A short history of Red
  • What makes Red special?
  • Red's main features