[racket] DrRacket needs work

From: Raoul Duke (raould at gmail.com)
Date: Sun Nov 13 14:06:24 EST 2011

sincere thanks for everybody's bluntness.

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

judging by all the comments around this subject, there are lots of
people who find dr. racket to be a good fit, so that is reassuring.

for myself, when i tried to use it, it didn't seem to be helping me do
things, it seemed to be actively going in directions away from what i
wanted / expected to do: the cursor going to the wrong pane. the
bottom pane utterly disappearing. things like that. (little polish
things like: the run icon being a person running instead of the "tape
deck" play button everybody uses give it further feeling of being out
of date; apparently i can't higlight a sub-section of code and "run"
just that.)

surely, as with most all uis, there are too many different kinds of
people wanting to use it for it to be "obviously intuitive at first
glance" to all of them. sounds like a lot of folks *are* in that good
bucket audience after all, so i guess i have to envy them.


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