[racket] article about Racket

From: Neil Toronto (neil.toronto at gmail.com)
Date: Sun Nov 13 16:11:23 EST 2011

When I first tried Racket (back when it was PLT Scheme), I primarily 
programmed in Java and C++. I didn't like Racket's IDE at all.

Then I switched to Python and learned how to use a REPL. I searched for 
a good Python IDE but didn't find one. The fact that I didn't have to 
define a new project for every little test program made up for it.

Two years later, I tried Racket again, and I really liked the minimalist 
IDE. It was basically what I had been looking for when programming in 

Then I discovered the macro stepper. Holy unwashed socks. WOW.

That's not to say that DrRacket doesn't have its problems. My main one 
is, as someone else mentioned, that scrolling and editing can be rather 
slow. But it supports the intended workflow very well and doesn't get in 
your way.

Neil T

On 11/13/2011 11:11 AM, Gregory Woodhouse wrote:
> Same here. As I said in a previous message, I give DrRacket high marks
> for usability.
> On Nov 13, 2011, at 6:27 AM, Harry Spier wrote:
>> Robby Findler wrote:
>> ----------------
>> I have spent a fair amount of time trying to keep the clutter out of
>> the UI --- . . . 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?
>> --------------------
>> And as a new user to Racket and Scheme I thank you for this.
>> Harry Spier
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