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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)

Advanced Red

In this final chapter, we will explore some more advanced aspects of the language, and will look at where Red is heading in the near future. Reactive programming is a great way to write more responsive (GUI) apps. We encountered Red/System as the lower-level foundation of Red in Chapter 1, Red's Mission, and Chapter 2, Setting Up for Development. Here, we'll see how you can use it, either in Red apps, or standalone.

The following topics will be covered in this chapter:

  • Reactive programming
  • Red/System
  • Interacting with the operating system
  • Datatypes for performance
  • Embedded Red and macros
  • Red for smart contract programming
  • Red's roadmap
  • Some useful references