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

From: Jordan Johnson (jmj at fellowhuman.com)
Date: Wed Nov 21 21:01:08 EST 2012

I'm curious what the objectionable distraction is: the mere presence of the arrow, or the action of the arrow's window with contract info popping in and out as you mouse over identifiers?

If it's the latter, than perhaps it would help to just put more of a delay (as tooltips have) in before exposing the contract info.  (I'm trying to figure out why *I* haven't found it a distraction, and maybe it's just because I don't use the mouse very much.)

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Grant Rettke <grettke at acm.org> wrote:

>On Wed, Nov 21, 2012 at 6:29 PM, Nadeem Abdul Hamid <nadeem at acm.org>
>> On Wed, Nov 21, 2012 at 7:21 PM, Grant Rettke <grettke at acm.org>
>>> 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
>> manually. Online compilation is just DrRacket continuously running
>> Syntax" for you so you don't have to manually do that - and it *is*
>> convenient and smoothes out the development process, reducing a
>> 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
>> 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
>> 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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