[plt-dev] Racket

From: Vincent St-Amour (stamourv at ccs.neu.edu)
Date: Mon Feb 15 13:19:10 EST 2010

When the world teachpack was phased out in favor of universe, HTDP
students were confused. Changing the name of the whole system will
likely cause as much, if not more, confusion, especially given the
number of paper copies of HTDP out there, all talking about
DrScheme. Students will be looking for DrScheme on their school
computers, and won't know what to do with that DrRacket stuff. Even
worse, their school computers could still be running old versions of
DrScheme, and they would have to (find out they have to, then) use
DrRacket at home.


At Sun, 14 Feb 2010 09:18:05 -0700,
Matthew Flatt wrote:
> We don't want to make much noise with this announcement --- not yet,
> at least.
> The core developers of PLT Scheme have agreed to change the name of
> the language. See
>    http://www.plt-racket.org/new-name.html
> You will soon see a new branch in the SVN repository and other activity
> for the name change. We expect the new name to take effect in the May
> release (earlier in the SVN trunk). So, now is the time to start
> discussing and thinking about what the name change will mean for your
> software and libraries.
> It's not yet time to write blog posts or advertise the name change to
> the world at large. Although the change is no secret, a new name offers
> a rare advertising opportunity, and we'd like to make as big a splash
> as possible with the eventual release of Racket.
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