On 31 Jul 2017, at 04:02, Sage Gerard <zyrolast...@gmail.com> wrote:
> New to Racket. Looking for expert opinion on my question, but I should give
> some background.
> I worked on software for about 11 years. Started on Win32 desktop
> applications with C++ and then eventually moved to web, where I stayed on
> front-end development for about 6 years. Moved to full-stack web dev then
> finally architecture + web systems. I became a polyglot by necessity and am
> now leading a UI team in a security startup.
> experience, I saw firms assume that they could now save on staffing by
> normalizing to JS:
> * Desktop devs (C++, C#, Go, etc.) were replaced by JS devs on Electron.
> * Mobile devs (Objective-C, Java Android SDK) were replaced by JS devs on
> React Native or Cordova+Ionic.
> * Server devs (PHP, Python, Ruby, etc.) devs replaced by JS devs on Node.js.
> You get the idea.
> The JS tooling explosion came tried handle the domain influx, only to
> introduce the new problem of managing all of these domains. If you pull up a
> large (~500k+ line) JS project, any one JS module could be read by a bundler,
> a test runner, a transpiler, or Node. You have to maintain one script's
> ability to function in N different domains.
> This brings me to my questions, which I leave open-ended only because I'm not
> experienced enough with Racket to be more specific. Please let me know if I
> can elaborate more.
> I found Racket while I was looking for a way to explicitly manage knowledge
> domains while keeping a competitive edge. What I need your help with is
> finding out if Racket is the tool in which I need to invest my time.
> I see Racket can be used for web development, but is Racket really what I
> need to meet the demands of multi-platform development while competing in the
> market? Does Racket (or similar) sit at the next stage of evolution for the
As far as I can tell, if you want facilities for iOS programming in Racket, you
would have to write them yourself. Maybe it would be worth your while to do
If you want a lisp that has some existing tooling for every platform, your best
option might be Clojure and Clojurescript. Clojurescript compiles to
There is also a lot of material on using clojurescript to write iOS and Android
apps using React Native:
and apps using Clojurescript and React Native have been deployed to production.
Clojurescript also has hot code reloading in both the browser and on iOS using
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