[racket] Teach yourself Racket in Fixnum Days?

From: Giuseppe Paleologo (paleologo at gmail.com)
Date: Mon Jan 9 21:32:58 EST 2012

R vignettes are closer to the topical Racket tutorials (on web and system
programming). I was wondering if there is an up to date introduction to the
Racket language for readers with previous programming experience; better if
concise. It seems that most available books employ Racket to introduce
programming concepts, rather than focusing on the language. I am thinking
of something like Practical Clojure or Practical Common Lisp published by
Apress; or Programming Python or Programming Ruby published by O'Reilly
(although the latter two are very long and verbose).


On Mon, Jan 9, 2012 at 5:57 PM, Matthias Felleisen <matthias at ccs.neu.edu>wrote:

> Something like Vignettes in R? -- Matthias
> On Jan 6, 2012, at 10:07 PM, Giuseppe Paleologo wrote:
> My applications are mostly in Statistics/Data Analysis. Rather than
> dealing with a single, massive data set, I often have many medium-sized
> ones. I find myself applying in R or Python large amounts of maps, reduces,
> filters and other list manipulations that I believe Racket can perform more
> expressively. As an example of a building block of what I'd like to build
> or reuse, consider the R data.frame: an array that can be sliced by rows/
> columns using logical indices, numerical indices, or names for rows and
> columns. Moreover, the rows and columns could be accessed as individual
> lists. I wonder what's the best way to do this in Racket. I am not looking
> for a cookbook, but something that teaches the essentials, with examples of
> non-standard data strucures.
> -g
> On Fri, Jan 6, 2012 at 5:12 PM, John Clements <clements at brinckerhoff.org>wrote:
>> On Jan 6, 2012, at 2:07 PM, Giuseppe Paleologo wrote:
>> > Yes to the quick tutorial, no to the other two, as they're not my
>> intended application.
>> I'm hoping I can ask this question without committing myself to anything
>> :): Can you describe a simple example project that could be the focus of
>> the kind of guide you're looking for?
>> John Clements
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