[racket-dev] [plt] Push #24958: master branch updated

From: Eli Barzilay (eli at barzilay.org)
Date: Wed Jul 11 23:06:23 EDT 2012

Several randomly collected replies:

* Re "perf" -- I dislike it because it's easy to confuse with
  the very different "pref"...

* Re my reply about a "future profiler tool" -- to clarify, I meant
  "future" in the English sense, ie, some proper drracket tool that
  will visualize the results of the statistical profiler.

* Re moving things in there -- like Vincent said, some of these tools
  have an interface that is independent of drracket or of any gui, so
  it's less appealing.

And that last point leads to what I think is the main issue here: the
name of such a collection is not really important since its intended
for drracket tools -- so it's not something that you'll actually need
to type in.  I think that this clarifies the organization too: there's
not much point in a toplevel collection that is dedicated to drr tools
since then it turns into a place where unrelated things live.  In
other words, it becomes yet another place to split code into in a unix
filesystem kind of way:

  foo/, tests/foo, scribblings/foo, and now: tools/foo

vs having all of these be subdirectories of foo.  I think that in
terms of maintaining and managing code, having all of foo's code in a
single place is ultimately better.  The management point is in making
it easy to package the complete foo code, keep it in its own
repository, etc; the maintenance point is -- for example -- in making
it clear that foo's author is responsible for the code rather than
tools/foo where it implicitly becomes "more shared" with Robby.

Given all of this, I think that the best option is still a new
toplevel collection for the new tool, and the decision on the name is
something that James and Robby (wearing the futures hat, not the
drracket one) should consider as the home of additional functionality
that might be added there.

          ((lambda (x) (x x)) (lambda (x) (x x)))          Eli Barzilay:
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