[plt-dev] Racket-tool bugs me; are we up for another poll?

From: Jay McCarthy (jay.mccarthy at gmail.com)
Date: Thu Apr 22 12:50:45 EDT 2010

I made my short suggestions after looking at ubuntu's packages to see
if there was a conflict.

I'd like both to be less than 4 chars.


On Thu, Apr 22, 2010 at 10:48 AM, Robby Findler
<robby at eecs.northwestern.edu> wrote:
> I certainly agree with all of that. Thanks for saying it better than I did.
> At the moment, we have a number of suggestions that meet the criterion
> below (and some silly ones). I'll wait one more day, but how about we
> run another poll with the current set of suggestions (minus everything
> that is 2 or fewer letters on the grounds that that will just make
> sysadmins mad at us and/or be too likely to cause conflicts)?
> Robby
> On Thu, Apr 22, 2010 at 11:41 AM, Eli Barzilay <eli at barzilay.org> wrote:
>> On Apr 21, Eli Barzilay wrote:
>>> [rant on]
>>> [...]
>> [rant off]
>> I did *not* intend to dismiss Robby's email as a bad idea -- so I'll
>> try to be more constructive (so I'll ignore the nonsensical
>> suggestions):
>> * For the `mzscheme' replacement, I really like `racket' -- that would
>>  be the main entry point for people, since that's what you use to run
>>  a file or get a repl, or write in scripts, so a clear brand name
>>  seems important to me.
>> * For the `tool' replacement:
>>  - I dislike `racket-tool' because it's long and verbose.  Thinking
>>    about why that bothers me, I see these reasons:
>>    - it implicitly forces people to use an alias for practical use,
>>    - I'll still need to type the long name often in docs, web
>>      pages, blog posts, in emails, irc helping, etc.
>>    - it's long enough to justify copy-pasting from a web page, but in
>>      addition it's two words, so even that is less convenient.
>>  - I dislike `rkt' because together with file suffixes and "racket"
>>    it gets a little too confusing.
>>  - On the other hand, I agree with Sam's point that a *different*
>>    (but related) name is a good idea -- it makes it easier to
>>    memorize (both in my head and in my fingers) the two separate
>>    things.  Starting with `r' seems important to me in keeping it
>>    very related (given the usual role of the first letter).
>>  - Therefore, `rico' still looks like the best option for this one.
>>  - I could live with a different name, provided that it's roughly the
>>    same length, one word, easy to pronounce and spell, and has some
>>    vague connection to racket -- preferably by starting with `r'.
>> --
>>          ((lambda (x) (x x)) (lambda (x) (x x)))          Eli Barzilay:
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Jay McCarthy <jay at cs.byu.edu>
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