[plt-dev] language dialog

From: Carl Eastlund (carl.eastlund at gmail.com)
Date: Fri Jan 29 14:17:13 EST 2010

On Fri, Jan 29, 2010 at 1:50 PM, Robby Findler
<robby at eecs.northwestern.edu> wrote:
> On Fri, Jan 29, 2010 at 12:44 PM, Grant Rettke <grettke at acm.org> wrote:
>> On Fri, Jan 29, 2010 at 12:36 PM, Robby Findler
>> <robby at eecs.northwestern.edu> wrote:
>>> The revised dialog is supposed to help with that. At an SVN
>>> repository near you. :)
>> Got it. I tried the nightly build. For me the message feels like you
>> already need to get the idea of multiple languages in DrScheme. I
>> think if you even clicked on it, you already know why. That is just
>> how see the dialog.
> Oh, I see. Yes, that is true to some extent. If we just drop people
> into the module language and stick a "#lang scheme" at the front of
> the file (and do a good job with error messages when they remove
> it....) then I hope we'll be doing a better job than we currently are
> with this. That's something, at least. Other ideas welcome, of course!
> Robby

Didn't we go to the "No Language" system because dropping people into
professional languages who wanted student languages lead to confusion?

Could we populate the Language dialog with popular choices (PLT
Scheme, R6RS Scheme, etc.) that all just dump the user into what we
know as the Module language, but with the right first line provided?
It seems like what users want is split up differently from how we've
implemented it, so why not present a menu split up the way users want
and keep the implementation split up the way we find convenient.


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