[plt-scheme] PLT projects waiting for contributors?

From: John Clements (clements at brinckerhoff.org)
Date: Wed Jan 7 15:17:56 EST 2009

On Jan 7, 2009, at 10:55 AM, Sigrid Keydana wrote:

> Hi,
> in a recent thread, I read Shriram Krishnamurthi's
>>> Danny Yoo has a reasonable Scheme -> J2ME compiler for the Beginning
>>> Student + WORLD subset of Scheme.  Would that be of interest?  Is  
>>> that
>>> something others would be interested in contributing to?
> This reminded me of something: I'm a Java developer at work and  
> studying
> scheme in my spare time (mainly by doing SICP exercises). Doing the
> exercises is great to understand the theoretical stuff, but I'd like  
> to
> do "real-world" programming in a functional language, too.
> Of course I was thinking of developing an own application, but  
> recently
> I realized that if I took part in a project, I'd get feedback and  
> would
> learn to write better code.
> So my question is, are there any PLT projects that need contributors
> (and can afford taking in people who are not so experienced yet)?
> In fact something like the above - compiling for the JVM - would  
> really
> interest me, but I'd be curious for any suggestions!

Hmm... projects that need work?  You could call those Requests For  
Implementation.  Or even: Scheme Requests For Implementation!

Interestingly, that's not really how SRFIs are currently used.   
Perhaps srfi.schemers.org could have a request-only category?

I suppose that one thing that nearly every SRFI could use would be a  
good test suite.  There are a bunch of SRFI's that I've used (e.g. 19)  
that have no test suite to speak of. In fact, you could even make that  
part of the standards document, if you could agree on a format for  
test cases...

John Clements

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