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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)

Embedded Red and macros

In this short section, we will touch on some advanced topics in Red that you should know about. We'll give you references to more detailed descriptions in case you need them for your projects.

Embedded Red

Software written in languages other than Red can interact with Red through libRed, a special version of the Red interpreter and runtime library. That way, for example, a C program can interact with a Red environment. Bindings also exist for Visual Basic, Ruby, and Julia ( Detailed docs are at and for additional examples.