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    If you like Rebol, checkout Red.

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      Have you messed with Red/System? I’ve been wonder what people think of it for a C or C++ replacement. One project uses it for OS apps. I haven’t even looked hard as I’d have to learn the whole REBOL way of thinking first.

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        Only just last night.

        Red/System and Red seem to be very similar, except that Red/System must be compiled, whereas Red can be executed in the REPL. I discovered this while trying to import a dll, which is something that only Red/System can do.

        The REPL is quick to execute, but compilation was rather slow even though the programs I compiled were short. I hope this cost doesn’t increase much with program size (although Red programs are typically very short).

        It’s very cool how you can create a dynamic library (the standard C ABI kind) as well as consume them. It’s also trivial to cross-compile for other architectures. All of these features surprised me in a “productive” language, which I assume is garbage collected. Perhaps this is one of the advantages of being interpreted and compiled.

        The crown jewels seems to be terse reactive GUI development, plus easy parsing and creation of DSLs.

        I don’t understand all of the syntax yet. I assume the square brackets are simply block delimiters, but I’m not sure if there’s something else going on there.

        I have to say, this language is incredibly terse.

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        That’s interesting, as I noticed the Rebol Github repo seems to be dead. Also, apart from the actual programming language/environment I share and favorite the Rebol philosophy in terms of simplicity vs. complexity.

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          It’s probably just developed more privately with the Github a token of charity. Links like below are why I think that: