[racket] General praise for racket

From: Deren Dohoda (deren.dohoda at gmail.com)
Date: Fri Aug 16 20:17:14 EDT 2013

Hi Racketeers.

I don't know how long I've been using racket/PLT scheme, but I do know it
has really benefited me in the last year for small helper projects and I
just wanted to thank everyone involved in the project and the mailing list
(I learn a lot lurking here).

Very recently I started developing an embedded system running a linux
distribution on an ARM single-board computer, and Racket quite simply has
saved the day. I can develop so easily in DrRacket on the PC and copy it to
the embedded computer and everything just works exactly as tested on the
PC. Zero cross-compiling nightmares as I'd have had if I stuck to C. I
found the built-in threads to be a major boon and their interface feels
exactly right to me. About the only hitch was getting serial ports to work
in Racket as an input-output-file but it does and it didn't require a lot
of effort. Using byte streams as an input on the PC meant I could simulate
real behavior and errors very well so that I could have a great set of test
cases. When the time came to execute on the platform I was confident it was
right (and, yes, it was!).

Right now I was under pressure to complete so I built myself a
straightforward interpreter, but I already have plans to switch over to a
language model and I know Racket is going to continue to shine for me and
build a very robust system.

There isn't much more to say on the matter, I've just been so overjoyed at
both being able to use Racket in a project and at how well it was up to the
task that I wanted to gush a little bit.

Thanks again, everyone.
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