I posted REBOL Babysteps on Saturday, 25 December, 2004

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Part of the REBOL Babysteps series.

REBOL Babysteps

Introduction

Right. Here is this language that you’ve never heard of: REBOL. I think we should learn how to use it together, sort of a ``Babysteps'' approach. You and I can add REBOL to our steadily expanding toolkit of programming languages.

And remember to just ignore people when they ask you “Why should I learn REBOL (or Perl, or Python, or Ruby) instead of Perl (or Python, or Ruby, or Java)?” You and I are the sort of people who learn a language in addition to the ones we already know, not instead of the one we were taught in college.

Okay, maybe that is a little rude. But it works like this: my music teacher taught me that each time you learn a new instrument, it gets a little easier to learn new ones, because you are developing a greater understanding of how to make music. You will also know how to choose the best instrument for a particular piece, because you understand the differences between each available choice. I didn’t learn much musically. I only managed two things:

  1. Use a trumpet to make a sound like a dying elephant.
  2. Use a clarinet to make a sound like an angry weasel.

… so I’m sure he’ll be happy to learn that I walked away with something from his class.

So yeah. That’s why you want to learn REBOL. So you can make a sound like an angry weasel. No, make that a happy weasel.

I add a new page to this tutorial every once in a while, but I don’t believe it’s the best REBOL tutorial available. That honor goes to Nick Antonaccio’s Rebol Programming For The Absolute Beginner. I think you should go over there and check it out now. Go ahead, I don’t mind.

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