[racket] compiling Racket to android and ios apps

From: Stephen De Gabrielle (spdegabrielle at gmail.com)
Date: Sun Feb 22 05:33:34 EST 2015

>A solid Racket VM and GUI for Android and
>iOS apps would be awesome.
Agreed, but I'm going to try the Raspberry Pi. If I can succeed targeting
ARM on a familiar OS then hopefully cross compiling to a mobile OS won't be
so bad. And 'Minimal Dr Racket' on RPi would be awesom

On Sun, 22 Feb 2015 at 04:01, Neil Van Dyke <neil at neilvandyke.org> wrote:

> A solid Racket VM and GUI for Android and iOS apps would be awesome.
> In the interim, two reasons why a solution using an R5RS Scheme might
> work well for a lot of Racket people:
> * Lots of code written in Racket can actually be written in R5RS almost
> as well.  (Example: say that the secret sauce of your app was a symbolic
> planner or inference engine.  That library might well have been written
> entirely in R5RS in the first place, even if you only intended to use it
> with Racket.  So that key library source code could be shared between
> your Racket programs and your LambdaNative program.  And you'd probably
> do most of the other parts of the app using LambdaNative directly, since
> they're probably irrelevant to your Racket programs anyway.)  And there
> are a few different viable ways to close the gap even more.
> * Much of a Racket programmer's skill transfers over easily to R5RS.
> (Idiomatic Racket programming is mostly idiomatic Scheme programming,
> IMHO.)
> Incidentally, a decade ago, I switched from portable R5RS to Racket
> (then called PLT Scheme) exclusively, while keeping Gambit and Kawa
> especially as backup alternatives for special situations.  I think I
> actually suspected that I'd need one of my backups before now. Racket
> continues to perform very well for most all purposes.
> Neil V.
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