Posts tagged Racket

Chromebook Pixel

:: Google, Linux, Racket

I’m writing this blog post on a Chromebook Pixel. In Emacs. On Ubuntu, as a chroot, thanks to crouton.

Why do I have a Chromebook Pixel? Google gave one to every Google I/O 2013 attendee.1

Although I was happy to get such a cool new gadget, I honestly wasn’t sure what I’d do with the thing. I really like my MacBook Pro Retina and wasn’t looking for an alternative. Also, although I love web apps and 45% of my day is in the web browser, another 45% is in Emacs using Racket — what about that?

The ~> Threading Macro

:: Racket, Clojure, macros

Although I prefer Racket, there are a few idioms from Clojure I like. I’m particularly infatuated with the threading macros, -> and ->>.

I was surprised how little documentation I could find for these. So although I’m writing this for Racketeers, it’s possible a few Clojure folks might find it interesting, too.


:: Google, Racket, Atom, RSS

Recently I wrote about my my Google Reader successor, using rss2email to push feeds to Gmail.

In the month since, I was still running it on my laptop. To make it work best, it should run on a dedicated server. That way, it would push emails even if I’m away from my laptop, and I could read them on e.g. my phone. But before committing to setting this up on Amazon EC2, I wanted to be sure I liked the approach.

A guide for infrequent contributors to Racket

:: Racket, Git

Do the following apply to you?

  • Maybe you want to contribute something to Racket: You’d like to improve the documentation, or you’d like to add a small feature.

  • Maybe you’re comfortable with Git, but haven’t made a pull request before.

  • Maybe you’ve made a one-off pull request, but haven’t tried to contribute to the same project over time and stay in sync with the upstream project.

If so, you may find my guide helpful. I was hopelessly confused about how to handle the branches and merging. After I figured it out, I wrote this down in a Gist as a note to my future self. Today I figured I’d dust it off and make it into a blog post.

Planet vs. the new package system

:: Racket

Recently I’ve shared some new libraries using the new package manager, but not uploaded them to Planet.

What about my existing Planet libraries? Yesterday Danny Yoo pointed out a bug in the Dynamo module of my Amazon AWS library on Planet.

The bug wasn’t present in my GitHub repo—I’d neglected to go through the steps of making a new version and uploading to Planet.

By contrast, with the new package manger, it would have been automatically up-to-date.

Parameters in Racket

:: Racket

Racket parameters let you manage stateful global variables in a way that feels more functional and is also thread- and continuation-safe. A convenient parameterize form lets you change and restore them. I’ll discuss this and show how I map parameters to a configuration file.

Serve static files

:: Racket

I wanted Frog to provide a “preview” feature: Launch a local web server with a version of the site, and open a web browser.

This local web server simply needs to serve static files. No server-side applications. (Not even features you’d likely want in a production static file server like gzip compression or If-Modified handling.) It just needs to start quickly, and preferably not be a lot of work to code.

Frog overview

:: blog, Frog, Racket, software

UPDATE: This was an early post. For up-to-date info, see Frog.

When the code settles down a bit I’ll put it in a GitHub repo, and write a full Meanwhile, here’s an overview.