[plt-scheme] Emacs modes and s-expression comments

From: Bill Wood (william.wood3 at comcast.net)
Date: Wed Feb 15 20:10:15 EST 2006

On Wed, 2006-02-15 at 17:29 -0600, Robby Findler wrote:
   . . .
> That said, I don't care if you like Emacs or whatever. This mailing
> list is not the place for such debates. Please join the PLT bashers on
> the IRC channel and leave this forum to people who want to get real
> work done.

Don't get your feathers ruffled.  Neither of us were bashing PLT Scheme.
I'm here; when I program in Scheme I prefer PLT.  *But* since I first
used Maclisp and emacs on a Multics machine I've developed work habits
and a view of the programming process that I'm comfortable and
productive with, and to which no IDE I've seen is sufficiently superior
to warrant its adoption.

My only concern is that in an excess of zeal over the wonderfulness of
DrScheme decisions will be made that make it increasingly difficult to
use the language and libraries with other development tool sets.  So far
you (the PLT team) have largely avoided that; I applaud you.

The fact is (to borrow a biological metaphor) each of us is in a basin
of attraction towards some preferable work environment.  The problem is,
the fitness landscape varies greatly from person to person.  We've seen
the results of Another OS's institutionalized belief that "one model
fits all".  I think all of the PLT user community hopes you won't go
down the same path, and many of us will speak up.

 -- Bill Wood

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