[racket] DrRacket needs work

From: Gregory Woodhouse (gregwoodhouse at me.com)
Date: Sat Nov 12 23:35:25 EST 2011

I'm not sure if this is really a matter of either/or - from a usability standpoint, I find DrRacket excellent, but it does seem a bit old-fashioned in some ways. I frankly find it a bit difficult to say just how. I know it doesn't look like Eclipse (and, yes, it wasn't hard to guess that the person who started this thread was thinking about Eclipse), but that's not necessarily a bad thing.  The various panes in Eclipse (or, for that matter, PhotoShop) can be useful for an expert user, but they can be annoying, particularly when they're not really necessary. Having to deal with different perspectives creates a certain amount of cognitive noise, especially when you start adding plug-ins, too.  Of the environments I typically use in development (Eclipse, Cache Studio, DrRacket and Xcode), I find Cache (an InterSystems product) and DrRacket the most intuitive - maybe because Java is a language I only use infrequently. 

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On Nov 12, 2011, at 8:11 PM, Sam Tobin-Hochstadt <samth at ccs.neu.edu> wrote:

> On Sat, Nov 12, 2011 at 10:05 PM, Raoul Duke <raould at gmail.com> wrote:
>> so i might be totally the wrong audience because i can't stomach
>> trying to get to the stuff that is under the skin-deep-ugly to the
>> deeper way cool powerful technology.
> We, and in particular Robby, have put a lot of effort into making
> DrRacket a useful programming environment.  If you have specific ways
> of making it better, or even specific things that you found
> off-putting or difficult, that would be helpful.  In contrast, general
> claims of ugliness don't really help anyone make anything better.
> -- 
> sam th
> samth at ccs.neu.edu

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