[racket] article about Racket

From: Robby Findler (robby at eecs.northwestern.edu)
Date: Sat Nov 12 21:47:13 EST 2011

I have spent a fair amount of time trying to keep the clutter out of
the UI --- something that, 5 or so years ago, it seemed like every
other IDE worked hard to add (clutter, that is). I found them to be a
maze of random buttons that, when I clicked them, gave me messages
that made it clear that I was not welcome.

Nowadays, the trend has reversed a little bit and the other IDEs seem
less clutterful than a few years ago. But it is a battle that I fight
pretty assiduously. Why should there be more buttons than you need to
do your job? Why should you have to do 10 steps of setup before you
can run a simple program?


On Sat, Nov 12, 2011 at 8:30 PM, Raoul Duke <raould at gmail.com> wrote:
> On Sat, Nov 12, 2011 at 6:28 PM, Grant Rettke <grettke at acm.org> wrote:
>> The 15 or so developers that I know personally who tried out DrRacket
>> at my recommendation all complained about the UI. "It is a toy." and
>> "Does anyone actually use this?" were a running theme. I told them
>> that I use it and it is pretty amazing; perhaps I need to work on my
>> sales skills.
> there is apparently a wealth of power under the hood. it is just not
> exposed in a way that makes sense to folks who have experience with
> other more main-stream ides, i think.
> sincerely.
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