Learn Red - Fundamentals of Red

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  • Set up your Red environment to achieve the highest productivity
  • Get grounded in Red, gaining experience and insight through many examples and exercises
  • Build simple, compact, and portable applications
  • Analyze streams of data through Parse
  • Compose GUI applications with View and Draw
  • Get prepared for smart contract blockchain programming in Red

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.

  • Explore the latest features of Red to build scalable, fast, and secure applications
  • Learn graphical programming and build highly sophisticated reactive applications
  • Get familiar with the specific concepts and techniques of Red development, like working with series, viewing code as data, and using dialects.
Page Count 252
Course Length 7 hours 33 minutes
ISBN 9781789130706
Date Of Publication 17 May 2018


Ivo Balbaert

Ivo Balbaert has been a lecturer in web programming and databases at CVO Antwerpen, a community college in Belgium. He received a Ph.D. in applied physics from the University of Antwerp in 1986. He worked for 20 years in the software industry as a developer and consultant in several companies, and for 10 years as project manager at the University Hospital of Antwerp. From 2000 onwards, he switched to partly teaching and partly developing software (at KHM Mechelen, CVO Antwerpen). He also wrote an introductory book in Dutch about developing in Ruby and Rails, Programmeren met Ruby en Rails, by Van Duuren Media. In 2012, he authored a book on the Go programming language, The Way To Go, by IUniverse. He wrote a number of introductory books for new programming languages, notably Dart, Julia, Rust, and Red, all published by Packt.