[racket-dev] using Racket to build an image-based Lisp: feasible?

From: mikel evins (mevins at me.com)
Date: Tue Mar 5 12:51:50 EST 2013

On Mar 5, 2013, at 10:08 AM, Matthias Felleisen <matthias at ccs.neu.edu> wrote:

> I have empathy for your perspective, because I have worked with images and -- at the time -- found them useful. 
> I will also say that in my own experience of developing a tiny sliver of this code base, it is much more like a conversation that I resume every so often over many years. If nobody read the minutes to me, I'd be lost as to where we last left off and what the other party knows. 
> I can easily see how someone who always works on 'the system' doesn't get that feeling and needs much more of a stream of conversation sense. And I can also see how support for images does not get in the way of reading minutes. 
> FWIW, Dick Gabriel uses the label "programming system" for your perspective and places it opposite to "programming language." I now think if we succeeded in arranging these aspects in a somewhat orthogonal manner, it might be a contribution. 
> Thanks for writing down your thoughts -- Matthias

Thanks for asking. If Racket can come to accommodate image-based programming without interfering with the things it already does so well, that will be quite wonderful.


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