[plt-scheme] Re: R6RS PLT differences?

From: Geoffrey S. Knauth (geoff at knauth.org)
Date: Fri Nov 28 08:10:46 EST 2008

On Nov 27, 2008, at 15:02, Ernie Smith wrote:
> I spend quite a bit of time trying to persuade people towards scheme.

15 years ago, I fought similar battles as a consultant at Fortune 100  
companies.  We were brought in to advocate Objective-C (NeXT) and  
Smalltalk.  Management brought us in to shake up the status quo; they  
had ambitious goals and they wanted their internal development teams  
to think outside the box.  We succeeded when we were able to  
demonstrate rapid development, small code footprints, better  
performance, fewer bugs, etc.  Ultimately management is thinking, "Is  
this going to cause me more problems, or will it make my life easier?"

The same idea applies with Scheme.  To convince a customer, develop a  
routine demonstrating the points you want to make.

If I were in your shoes, I would exchange ideas and experience with  
Anton van Straaten at AppSolutions, and with Untyped, Neil Van Dyke  
and Cadence Research Systems.  Find the leaders and partner with them.

A selling point for Scheme is that good Scheme developers are  
fundamentally problem solvers.

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