[plt-dev] Racket-tool bugs me; are we up for another poll?

From: Robby Findler (robby at eecs.northwestern.edu)
Date: Thu Apr 22 12:48:11 EDT 2010

I certainly agree with all of that. Thanks for saying it better than I did.

At the moment, we have a number of suggestions that meet the criterion
below (and some silly ones). I'll wait one more day, but how about we
run another poll with the current set of suggestions (minus everything
that is 2 or fewer letters on the grounds that that will just make
sysadmins mad at us and/or be too likely to cause conflicts)?


On Thu, Apr 22, 2010 at 11:41 AM, Eli Barzilay <eli at barzilay.org> wrote:
> On Apr 21, Eli Barzilay wrote:
>> [rant on]
>> [...]
> [rant off]
> I did *not* intend to dismiss Robby's email as a bad idea -- so I'll
> try to be more constructive (so I'll ignore the nonsensical
> suggestions):
> * For the `mzscheme' replacement, I really like `racket' -- that would
>  be the main entry point for people, since that's what you use to run
>  a file or get a repl, or write in scripts, so a clear brand name
>  seems important to me.
> * For the `tool' replacement:
>  - I dislike `racket-tool' because it's long and verbose.  Thinking
>    about why that bothers me, I see these reasons:
>    - it implicitly forces people to use an alias for practical use,
>    - I'll still need to type the long name often in docs, web
>      pages, blog posts, in emails, irc helping, etc.
>    - it's long enough to justify copy-pasting from a web page, but in
>      addition it's two words, so even that is less convenient.
>  - I dislike `rkt' because together with file suffixes and "racket"
>    it gets a little too confusing.
>  - On the other hand, I agree with Sam's point that a *different*
>    (but related) name is a good idea -- it makes it easier to
>    memorize (both in my head and in my fingers) the two separate
>    things.  Starting with `r' seems important to me in keeping it
>    very related (given the usual role of the first letter).
>  - Therefore, `rico' still looks like the best option for this one.
>  - I could live with a different name, provided that it's roughly the
>    same length, one word, easy to pronounce and spell, and has some
>    vague connection to racket -- preferably by starting with `r'.
> --
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