[plt-scheme] Questions on PLT status and project structure

From: Robby Findler (robby at eecs.northwestern.edu)
Date: Wed Oct 14 07:27:37 EDT 2009

On Wed, Oct 14, 2009 at 6:19 AM, Jay McCarthy <jay.mccarthy at gmail.com> wrote:
>> Is there are formal "front end" vs.
>> optimizations vs. "back end + more
>> optimizations" style architecture to the compiler?  A simple matter of fact,
>> is there a considerable number of
>> community contributors to the "core group" working on the PLT compiler and
>> runtime system itself?
> Not really. The PLT compiler and runtime system is a generous gift of
> Matthew Flatt and people who have sat within a few hundred feet of
> him. (IIUC, Robby did a lot of work on the original MrEd portion,
> ...

Well, for many years I was the first to complain about broken things
in new functionality, but I'm not sure how much that counts :)

>> To boil all this down to a general scheme community question, PLT has become
>> *very* popular in the
>> scheme community (programmer community, to a lesser degree) at large. How
>> stable a platform does
>> it present for a future canonical open source project should the academic
>> group behind PLT abandon
>> the platform for one reason or another (lack of funding, changing research
>> focus, etc.)
> Speaking for myself, I can't think of anything that would make me give
> up on PLT. I would guess that most would say the same.

I certainly would.


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