What to choose R2 or R3

Discussion in 'Rebol' started by ADelmotte, Feb 22, 2010.

  1. ADelmotte

    ADelmotte New Member


    I started to look at Rebol around 2002, but then had no time to go deep enough in the language. I started again around 2005-2006 and again time was lacking to go.
    Now I want to start again and even I have a problem to solve. (transfering bibliographic database from EndNote export to BibTeX)

    But what to use Rebol 2 or Rebol 3?

    The documents I'll have to work on are in utf8.
    So R3 seems better, but there is the problem of documentation!! Is there a pdf version of the R3 manual?

    Thanks for your advices.

    Would it be a good idea to start a discussion on the problem I mentioned, here on this list, as an example/exercice for others?


  2. Graham

    Graham Developer Staff Member

    I'm not aware of any pdf docs .. they're all wiki based now.

    If you don't need a GUI then r3 is the way to go as long as you don't need to use one of the elements of parse that are buggy.

    Check out http://www.curecode.org for r3 parse bugs.
  3. Peter Wood

    Peter Wood New Member

    You can process utf-8 data in Rebol 2 but not as easily as in Rebol 3. Rebol's Parse dialect will be ideal for converting your text from EndNote export format to BibTex. I suggest you use Rebol 2 for its better documentation. (Rebol 3's documentation will be better once it's finished but that may be a long time yet.)

    I found this to be a very good tutorial for parse - http://www.codeconscious.com/rebol/parse-tutorial.html

    Here is an example of processing utf-8 encoded text in Rebol - http://www.rebol.org/view-script.r?script=str-enc-utils.r
  4. endo

    endo New Member

  5. notchent

    notchent Member

    Interesting links - precursors to makedoc :) I never noticed them before...

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