[plt-dev] Racket web page

From: Neil Van Dyke (neil at neilvandyke.org)
Date: Wed May 26 09:54:59 EDT 2010

I don't know for certain, since I fled Perl for good a decade ago.  I do 
know that, 20 years ago, processing stream input from various sources 
with a regexp tended to be a short one-liner in Perl.  We're really in 
Perl's home turf when doing things like that, and the terseness one can 
get with some CPAN modules is scary.

Options I see are: (1) avoid using examples that are Perl-one-liners; 
(2) emphasize readability/maintainability if you're going to do the 
Perl-one-liner examples anyway; (3) design a text-processing #lang 
that's no more than 2x the verbosity of Perl on Perl-one-liners, and use 

Personally, I would go with #1.  #3 would be fun to design, but would 
probably be one of those Scheme curiosities that is never used by more 
than one or two people, which is not the tradition of PLT.

Robby Findler wrote at 05/26/2010 09:28 AM:
> On Tuesday, May 25, 2010, Neil Van Dyke <neil at neilvandyke.org> wrote:
>> Regarding single-character identifiers... Given that Scheme standard identifiers tend to be verbose, and that many of these examples squeezed into 40x7 are one-liners in Perl anyway, maybe focusing on readability is a good idea.  Maybe bump it up to as wide as 70x7.
> How many of the current set really are one-liners in perl? (not that I
> really want to delve too deeply into this question but I also don't
> want the page to look stupid to perl folk)

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