[plt-scheme] Re: An Editors Tale

From: Michael Sperber (sperber at informatik.uni-tuebingen.de)
Date: Thu Jan 29 02:30:07 EST 2004

>>>>> "Guenther" == Guenther Schmidt <gue.schmidt at web.de> writes:

Guenther> But there is far more to writing an application than
Guenther> algorythms.  The difficulty with this newsgroup here is that
Guenther> most of its subscribers are skilled, highly skilled.

You've said that, but I'm not sure what exactly you mean.  Earlier,
you mentioned three points:

- the interactive development environment
- the debugger
- the GUI builder

Now, I can easily see that VS's development environment does things
DrScheme can't do.  However, the opposite is just as true.  It also
seems that, in general, DrScheme's facility are a lot more easier to
use than VS.  (In fact, a place I work at routinely asks for specific
VS skills because people assume they difficult to acquire.)

I agree with you that a stepping debugger would be useful---and I
believe John Clements is working on one.  On the other hand,
DrScheme's clickable "stack inspector" also does a lot of what I
usually want from a debugger.

I also agree that VS's interactive GUI builder is helpful at building
simple, static GUIs.  I've found that it quickly reaches its limits as
you try to build flexible, geometry-managing, cross-platform GUIs.
This issue is maybe the most pertinent for beginners.

So it'd be very helpful to the PLT folks if you listed where
specifically DrScheme is giving you trouble where VS isn't.  From what
you wrote, I've so far only gotten a hazy idea.

Cheers =8-} Mike
Friede, Völkerverständigung und überhaupt blabla

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