[racket-dev] RFC: Coding Guidelines

From: Jay McCarthy (jay.mccarthy at gmail.com)
Date: Thu Aug 19 09:59:21 EDT 2010

On Thu, Aug 19, 2010 at 7:56 AM, Shriram Krishnamurthi <sk at cs.brown.edu> wrote:
> Neither would the PLT Web server.  I'm pretty certain Jay's own edits
> to it were not preceded by tests.

That's not true.

> Jay's changes to the PLAI language most certainly were not, because
> the current PLAI that is bundled with DrRacket is broken.

The thing that you are referring to was not tested, but I wrote a test
suite for almost everything else. IMHO The problem with PLAI was that
the printing was not part of the "spec".

> (Sorry, Jay, but it's your prose.)
> Shriram
> On Thu, Aug 19, 2010 at 9:50 AM, Casey Klein
> <clklein at eecs.northwestern.edu> wrote:
>> On Thu, Aug 19, 2010 at 8:44 AM, Sam Tobin-Hochstadt <samth at ccs.neu.edu> wrote:
>>> On Tue, Aug 17, 2010 at 3:57 PM, Jay McCarthy <jay.mccarthy at gmail.com> wrote:
>>>> Please comment.
>>> I think that this:
>>> "Your first task when changing old code is to build an adequate test
>>> suite to ensure you do not introduce new mistakes as you attempt to
>>> improve it. Thank you for improving the world for future generations!"
>>> is too demanding.  There are enormous areas of our code that don't
>>> have a test suite.  How comprehensive a test suite do I need before
>>> changing slideshow?  Or scribble (which has a test suite for the
>>> syntax, but not the language)?
>> Robby and Matthew, would Slideshow exist today if you'd be expected to
>> build it with this process?
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Jay McCarthy <jay at cs.byu.edu>
Assistant Professor / Brigham Young University

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