SI 413 Fall 2023 / Project

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Red is a programming language that attempts to improve upon an earlier one called REBOL. Much like Scheme, a major feature of Red is that the structure of your code is the same as the structure of data structures in Red itself; that is, Red is homoiconic.

A major goal of the language designers was to make the language human-readable and simple. There is also an aim of making GUI programming as straightforward as possible, without having to get too far into the weeds to do simple windowed apps.

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We will use the reference implementation from the Red project, version 0.6.4. Note, the executable is called red-064 for us, even though it is just called red in most of the online documentation.

Everything you need is already installed on CS department lab machines in the /courses/roche/413/bin folder, which should be in your PATH.

To install on your virtual machine, follow these steps:

  1. Install 32-bit library dependencies:
    sudo dpkg --add-architecture i386
    sudo apt update
    sudo apt install libc6:i386 libcurl4:i386 libgtk-3-0:i386 libgdk-pixbuf2.0-0:i386
  2. Download the red-064 executable to your bin directory:
    mkdir -p ~/bin
    curl -L -o ~/bin/red-064
    chmod +x ~/bin/red-064

How I will run your code

The programs you submit should be in a single file called, for either part of the project. I will test your code by running the following commands using the software available in the lab environment or using the instructions above:


Phase 1 Requirements

For this language, you need to implement modifications B,D,F, and G. See the Phase 1 page for details on what this means.

Phase 2

See the Phase 2 Page for the list of suggested problems. Of the ones listed, I recommend the following as being most well-suited for LANGUAGE:

  1. Image Creator
  2. Hangman
  3. Vending Machine
  4. Game with hidden agenda
  5. Find the missing digits
  6. Rock, Paper, Scissors
  7. Music Maker
  8. ??? (you choose!)