[racket] Articles or discussions on Racket's implementation

From: Jay McCarthy (jay.mccarthy at gmail.com)
Date: Sat Jun 2 15:15:41 EDT 2012

As for implementation Racket and/or Scheme, I'd suggest reading
Dybvig's papers [1], particularly his dissertation (which is very
readable by a novice) [2]. Also the articles on Larceny [3], including
its web page about the compiler [4]. Finally, Casey Klein (and others)
have a paper that describes the adaptions made to one of the models in
Dybvig's dissertation (at least that's the way I read it) to derive
the VM underneath Racket [5].

I'd say that each of those three strands are mostly independent and
you could start down any of them.


1. http://www.cs.indiana.edu/~dyb/pubs.html
2. http://www.cs.indiana.edu/~dyb/pubs/3imp.pdf
3. http://www.larcenists.org/research.html
4. http://www.larcenists.org/twobit.html
5. http://plt.eecs.northwestern.edu/racket-machine/

On Sat, Jun 2, 2012 at 8:32 AM, curtis wolterding
<curtiswolterding at gmail.com> wrote:
> Hello Racketeers,
> A friend and I recently finished working through this book together, The
> Elements of Computing Systems - http://www1.idc.ac.il/tecs/, where we built
> a computer (virtually) from the ground up: from NAND gates, to a (barely)
> working compiler and a very basic OS. After finishing all of the projects,
> and after having a month or so now to recover from the stress and pure
> insanity, I can't stop thinking about how fun it would be to learn about the
> implementation of Scheme, or, more specifically, Racket! Does anyone know
> where I could find a good discussion or explanation of the inner workings of
> either of these languages?
> I apologize if this is an off-topic question for the mailing list.
> Also, I want to sincerely thank the Racket Devs for creating such a well
> documented, and user-friendly project. Other than completing about half of
> HTDP (I'm planning on finishing the rest this summer!), and a very
> introductory C++ class many years ago in college, the Elements book was
> really my first introduction to computing. Having coded the assembler, VM,
> and compiler for the book in Racket, I have basically lived on the Racket
> docs pages for the last three quarters of a year. It's been an amazing
> journey, and I honestly could not have completed everything had Racket not
> come with such excellent documentation, such an easy to use IDE, or had it
> not been such a joy to code in. On behalf of a true beginner, thank you.
> Cheers,
> Curtis Wolterding
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Jay McCarthy <jay at cs.byu.edu>
Assistant Professor / Brigham Young University

"The glory of God is Intelligence" - D&C 93

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