[racket-dev] Racket home page proposal

From: Marijn (hkBst at gentoo.org)
Date: Wed Dec 21 04:03:53 EST 2011

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On 20-12-11 21:28, Eli Barzilay wrote:
> | platform for language design and implementation.
> That means almost nothing to most people.  Even something like
> "Racket is a Programmable Language" works better...  I don't think
> that there's a way to make it clear in a short sentence, but if
> there is, it should most definitely get included.

Some while ago you and me talked on irc about a short one-sentence
description of the racket package for Gentoo. IIRC the conclusion was
that you weren't unhappy with me using:

Racket is a general-purpose programming language with strong support
for domain-specific languages.

Maybe that is a good start to finally improve over just "Racket is a
programming language.".

Since I'm talking, I might as well mention my personal opinion on the
strong points of racket (besides the (non-)obvious ones of having
advanced macros, first-class continuations and all that kind of stuff)
since these might be worth mentioning on the front page:

*) The cross-platform native GUI library is a big part of why I'm
interested in Racket at all. It looks like the plot library makes this
already awesome (and I believe still quite unique) feature even more
awesome (at least for the applications that I'm interested in these days).

*) The support for writing web applications in ordinary direct style.
Though I haven't really tried it out yet, if the times comes I would
definitely try racket for this first.

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