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Learn Red ? Fundamentals of Red

By : Ivo Balbaert
Book Image

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)

Setting Up for Development

Now we are going to set the stage for our future Red development. We'll get Red on to your computer, and then immediately start working in the Red console to get a feel for the environment. Then, we'll create our first script, run it in the console, and then compile and execute it. We will also discuss how Red compiles and what the different compilation options are. Finally, we'll show some coding environments to craft your Red code with ease.

We will cover the following topics:

  • Installing Red
  • Working interactively in the Red console
  • Running and compiling your first script
  • Other compilation options
  • Red's compilation model
  • Development environments for writing Red