[racket] preference: 32-bit or 64-bit racket?

From: Greg Hendershott (greghendershott at gmail.com)
Date: Wed Mar 9 21:59:18 EST 2011

Racket has helped turn me into a kind of agnostic, insomniac,
autodidact. I lay awake all night wondering if next I should learn
more about Linux, Mac or Windows.

(Yeah, yeah, I know. It's not nearly as good the original: "Did you
hear the one about the agnostic, dyslexic, insomniac? He lay awake all
night wondering if there's a dog.")

On Wed, Mar 9, 2011 at 9:43 PM, Greg Hendershott
<greghendershott at gmail.com> wrote:
> After working in C/C++ on Windows for nearly 25 years, for some reason
> I got it into my head I wanted to learn Scheme.
> I settled on PLT Scheme. I liked the IDE and docs.
> I spent months with my brain going eh, huh, what?
> I got through that. I got a lot of help from the amazing people on this list.
> At some point I noticed a lot of folks are using Emacs.
> I installed Emacs (my fingers vaguely remembering Epsilon from 20
> years ago). I installed this great thing called Quack, contributed by
> someone with a name really similar to yours, Neil. ;)
> I installed Cygwin, and I installed msysGit which has Git Bash.
> I used Terminal my secondary laptop, a Mac.
> After awhile I said what the hey and spooled up a $0.02 per hour Linux
> instance from EC2. I got lost and found a few dozen times, and had fun
> and stretched my brain in more ways.
> At this point I'm rotating among Windows 7 on a ThinkPad, a Mac, and a
> Linux server. I'm really enjoying it. I see what they have in common,
> where they each shine.
> The common threads are Racket, Emacs, bash.
> The gateway was Racket.
> The team that has created Racket and the community that supports it is
> truly special. I am very grateful for the welcoming, patient, and
> accepting attitude that has been extended to me by everyone.
> On Wed, Mar 9, 2011 at 6:47 PM, Neil Van Dyke <neil at neilvandyke.org> wrote:
>> Forgive me, but this could stand to be mentioned at least once a year, as a
>> reminder... PC hardware tends to become more useful for most technical work
>> if one erases Windows and installs GNU/Linux.
>> (Nowadays, with GNU/Linux being the technical and server platform, and most
>> things being doable in a Web browser or on a phone, Windows is mostly useful
>> for two purposes: as a program loader for FPS video games, and for
>> secretaries who still like to email around .doc files that only work with
>> the latest version of MS Word.)
>> Stephen Chang wrote at 03/09/2011 06:18 PM:
>>> You can build on Windows with VC Express. You just cant use the build.bat
>>> script bc there's no devenv. If you use the vcbuild command line tool that
>>> comes with VC express, you get some errors.
>> --
>> http://www.neilvandyke.org/
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