[racket-dev] Racket home page proposal

From: Matthias Felleisen (matthias at ccs.neu.edu)
Date: Wed Dec 21 10:00:02 EST 2011

I agree that we need to go beyond 'Racket is a programming language' 
as cute as it may be. 

I am surprised Eli objected to your proposed sentence, because it is 
a good, solid one-sentence description.

Then again, I suspect all of us know that Racket is a chameleon and
we are therefore disinclined to agree when someone says 'it is red'. 
Because tomorrow it might be green. 

-- Matthias

On Dec 21, 2011, at 4:03 AM, Marijn wrote:

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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.
> Marijn
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