[racket] try-racket alternative

From: Floyd Arguello (floyd.arguello at gmail.com)
Date: Wed Feb 25 16:11:53 EST 2015

  I found that my daughters had a lot of questions when they went through the tutorial at http://try-racket.org/
 - what’s a function? What’s a binding? Lambda? Lexical scope? 

So, I thought I’d create an alternative to try-racket - for kids ages 12 and up, give or take.

With that in mind, I forked https://github.com/jarcane/try-racket
, applied a new design, and added:

* the bootstrap js framework
* the ability to clear and reset the console (doesn’t clear pictures yet)
* multi-line entries in the console - auto indents at 2 spaces (needs more work)

I also removed “context” from the error messages - to keep the errors short and sweet.

It’s very much a work in progress, but you can see it here: http://trycode.io/

As for the content, one idea is to rewrite the tutorial for a younger, less experienced crowd, and use the “info” box in the lower left to provide additional information, terminology, context, etc…

Another idea is to write a simple, text-based game; though it lacks the instant gratification of a picture appearing in the console.

Any ideas/feedback?

Anyone want to pitch in? :)



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