[racket] DrRacket for the Truly Impatient V02, need help, beta testers

From: Grant Rettke (grettke at acm.org)
Date: Wed Nov 21 19:44:04 EST 2012

On Wed, Nov 21, 2012 at 6:29 PM, Nadeem Abdul Hamid <nadeem at acm.org> wrote:
> On Wed, Nov 21, 2012 at 7:21 PM, Grant Rettke <grettke at acm.org> wrote:
>> You are an accomplished programmer that got this far without online
>> compilation that was added this year?
> Well, I don't know about others, but prior to that becoming available, I
> would often have to keep hitting the "Check syntax" button or key command
> manually. Online compilation is just DrRacket continuously running "Check
> Syntax" for you so you don't have to manually do that - and it *is* very
> convenient and smoothes out the development process, reducing a distraction
> that is otherwise present.

Maybe this would help, I have only used Check Syntax two or three
times ever when I wanted to rename a variable because it was used in
more than 5 places. What other problems does it solve?

> Other industrial-strength IDEs (e.g. Eclipse, MS
> VS, IBM's Java Visual-something- I forget the name) all provide this feature
> of continuous background syntax analysis to enable various types of
> refactorings and code navigation.

Yea that is nice. My original question was about how to remove the
arrows and the thing in the upper right hand corner, and the solution
was to disable online compilation. Is there way just to remove that
stuff but keep the online compilation stuff?

> Another nice thing about online
> compilation is the additional feature of being able to view snippets of
> function signatures (i.e. help) right in the corner of the editor.

That arrow is so distracting. Can we move it into the status line on the bottom?

Thanks for explaining why you value it.

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