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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 roadmap

What does the future bring for Red? Its roadmap can be found at and in more detail at

After the 0.6.4. GUI console release, the main focus will be on the 0.7.0 release, which will provide full I/O and networking support, some features of which will certainly be needed in the Red/C3 toolchain. Android support is coming along well (for a demo, see, and is planned for the 0.7.1 release.

The next big milestones before the 1.0 release are as follows:

  • 0.8: Support for modules, to facilitate working on bigger and more complex Red projects
  • 0.8.5: Integrating an advanced garbage collector in the Red runtime
  • 0.9: Concurrency support, initially like coroutines, before evolving into a full-concurrent actor model
  • ...