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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)


Congratulations! You are now able to work with the fundamental data structure of Red. You have learned the concept of a series in Red, with its head, tail, and next words that are used to move the index position in the series. We have seen how to select an item with pick or the / syntax, and how to search for an item with find and select, as well as how to change, add, delete, and move items. Finally, we saw how to copy the value of a series, and how to use the series actions on strings.

The number of words to use for working with series may seem a bit overwhelming at first, but they are frequently used in code, so they will become familiar soon. It will also become clear that combining these words can result in some powerful code.