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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)


Chapter 1

  1. Red/System is the part of Red needed to do lower-level programming like C.
  2. A full-stack language is a language that can be used on the whole spectrum of programming, from systems level to high-level language construction. Red together with Red/System is able to do that.
  3. Red and LISP both have the block (or list) as its basic structure, for code as well as for data.
  4. 1) Red has a very small tool-chain, with no installation and configuration

2) The size of its executables is around 1 Mb

3) The reduced size of its source files.

  1. A dialect is a specialized high-level language written in Red. Examples: parse, view, Red/C3
  2. Red is compiled to native code, while REBOL is always interpreted.
  3. Red runs in Windows, Linux, Android, OS X and FreeBSD environments in a 32 bit version, also on ARMv5 processors.

Chapter 2

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