[racket] Newbie question: Teach Yourself Scheme in Fixnum Days - macros

From: Prabhakar Ragde (plragde at uwaterloo.ca)
Date: Wed Mar 30 11:20:30 EDT 2011

Matthias wrote:

>>> Do you think these give a better explanation of macros? On the
>>> whole, I have found Teach Yourself Scheme relatively easy to
>>> follow.
> Yes, but when it comes to macros, it espouses a view that was never
> compatible with any Report on Scheme and is even old-school for plain
> Lisp. If you care about Scheme per se, see Dybvig's book. If you wish
> to study the most powerful macro technology in the world, study the
> Guide. -- Matthias

This comment is about more than macros: Since students are often drawn 
to TYS even though I never mention it to them, I've always been tempted 
to "translate" TYS into what is now Racket, not just literally but with 
some of the HtDP philosophy infused. While I think the Guide is great, 
as are HtDP and HtDP/2e, I wonder if there is some value in a document 
of the length of TYS, and whether TYS can serve as a model. --PR

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