> On Dec 29, 2017, at 3:31 PM, Robert Girault <rfrancoisgira...@gmail.com 
> <mailto:rfrancoisgira...@gmail.com>> wrote:
> (define-macro (prelude/connect-to HOST PORT)
>   #'(begin
>       (require racket/tcp)
>       (require racket/port)
>       (define-values (input-port output-port)
>         (tcp-connect HOST PORT))))
> This doesn't work because I get the error message
>   www.google.com <http://www.google.com/>: unbound identifier in module in: 
> www.google.com <http://www.google.com/>
> This must be because www.google.com <http://www.google.com/> is not a string. 
>  I don't know how to turn into a string and this must mean I'm very confused. 
>  What should my macro do so I'd get the desired expansion?

The issue is that when `read-syntax` encounters


in your source, it treats it as an identifier, not a literal string. (This 
identifier hasn't been defined, hence the "unbound identifier" error.) 

But you want it to behave as a string, so you can pass it to `tcp-connect`. So 
you have two choices. 

1) You can fix the problem in your source, by instead writing 


which will cause `read-syntax` to treat it as a literal string, rather than an 

2) You can fix the problem in your macro, by converting the would-be identifier 
to a string in the output of the macro:

(define-macro (prelude/connect-to HOST PORT)
      (require racket/tcp)
      (require racket/port)
      (define-values (input-port output-port)
        (tcp-connect (symbol->string 'HOST) PORT))))

The notation 'HOST rather than HOST makes the identifier into a symbol, and 
then `symbol->string` finishes the job. 

If you like to be lenient with input, you could also do this, which will work 
with either www.google.com or "www.google.com":

(define-macro (prelude/connect-to HOST PORT)
      (require racket/tcp)
      (require racket/port)
      (define-values (input-port output-port)
        (tcp-connect (format "~a" 'HOST) PORT))))

> On Dec 29, 2017, at 7:31 AM, Matthias Felleisen <matth...@ccs.neu.edu> wrote:
> I prefer to teach syntax transformers using define-syntax and syntax-parse so 
> that you can say 
>  (define-syntax (prelude/connect-to stx)
>     (syntax-parse stx 
>       [(_ HOST:str PORT:nat) #’(  . . HOST . . PORT ..)])) 
> That way misuses of a ‘macro’ are caught immediately and you get sensible 
> error messages. 
> [I just went thru this with freshmen in the spare weeks after Thanksgiving 
> and it worked like a charm.
> I don’t understand the appeal of define-macro.]

The `define-macro` used in the `br/quicklang` language is not the same as the 
one in Racket's "legacy macro" library. [1] Rather, it's a simplified version 
of `syntax-parse`. [2] 



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