[plt-scheme] PLT Scheme saves the day

From: Jay McCarthy (jay.mccarthy at gmail.com)
Date: Mon Oct 26 22:09:59 EDT 2009

Glad to hear it!

On Mon, Oct 26, 2009 at 7:59 PM, Neil Van Dyke <nvandyke at csail.mit.edu> wrote:
> PLT Scheme recently helped save a presentation at an ACM workshop.
> We needed a demonstration of our system that could be run on a two-laptop
> LAN during the presentation.  Whether the existing Java server part of the
> system could be adapted rapidly enough for this purpose, or would even run
> well on a Windows laptop, was questionable.  I'd never used the PLT Web
> Server before, but I found that I was able to use the stateful servlets to
> reimplement the pertinent functionality of the server much more quickly than
> I believe that the existing Java code could have been adapted.  After we ran
> into some snags elsewhere, the time savings on the server seemed to make the
> difference between having a demo/video in time and having only slides.
> I have impressed this fact upon my colleagues, who mostly remember Scheme
> from SICP problem sets, and who were not aware what a nice R&D platform PLT
> Scheme now is.  One of my colleagues was also impressed by how PLT has been
> able to get research products out and used in practice, contrasted with the
> not-uncommon situation of good systems research disappearing because it's
> not accessible.
> Now, if they'd only let me replace all this Java and C++ code, we'd finish
> the rest of the project in half the time. :)
> Neil Van Dyke
> Research Scientist
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Jay McCarthy <jay at cs.byu.edu>
Assistant Professor / Brigham Young University

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