On 31 Jul 2017, at 04:02, Sage Gerard <zyrolast...@gmail.com> wrote:

> Hi!
> 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.
> Those of you working on the web know that Javascript went everywhere. In my 
> 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 
> multi-domain developer stuck in Javascript? If so, why?

There are some existing langs for compiling Racket to Javascript:


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 
Javascript, has easy interop, has some integration with npm:


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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