Two things to add to my comments from early this morning...


* For servers, a nice don't-have-to-roll-your-own option sometimes is the Racket core Web Server. I found it and SXML-ish HTML generation very productive for rapidly making an internal-use technical app -- probably more productive in that case than any other platform I could think of. (For a prominent research organization, I'd developed specialized Web crawling and heavy scraping in Racket, to build a large text&metadata corpus database, and then I made a Web app for browsing the database and tagging it with semantic annotations.) The Racket core Web Server also has an optional continuation-based state mode, which could be another one of those linguistic wins I mentioned. What I haven't evaluated is how that performs at scale.

Of the two biggest Web servers atop Racket that I know of, news.ycombinator.com might still implement HTTP directly atop a socket (presumably with something in front), and a non-public family of Web servers has its own layers atop "http://www.neilvandyke.org/racket/scgi/"; (I'd actually made the `scgi` package with a particular user in mind, to help them migrate a big legacy CGI(!) application smoothly).


* I mentioned linguistic properties as the reason one might use Racket for general industry use. Another thing I've mentioned before is fuzzier: the developer community. Racket attracts a small but strong mix of developers and researchers, and the culture is to welcome and knowledgeably help out others. Do a quick Web search, then just ask your question on the email list, and you might get the actual developers or another expert responding.

By contrast, I was a very early Java developer (I first saw it when it was called Oak, I advocated Java for real application development, and my first apps required me to write even basic GUI widgets from scratch), but, after the "enterprise" popularity surge, there came a time when any Web search I tried about a Java question just turned up an impassably vast wasteland of people who didn't know what they were talking about. (Of course there are now small oases to be found, but it's tricky.)

Racket doesn't have that curse of popularity and ecology of many levels of commercial jockeying. :) I'd prefer more industry opportunity with Racket, but I'd like that to happen without compromising the caliber of the community much. For general industry use, community support isn't the top selling point, but I think most engineers and at least some MBAs would consider it to have significant real value.

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