Exploding Frog

:: Racket, Frog

I’m writing and publishing this post using something other than Frog.

Having said that, I’m not planning to abandon maintaining Frog.

Thread names

:: Racket

Sometimes people want Racket threads to have useful names — for example to show in logger output. Here is one way to do it.


:: Racket, Emacs

Even though it’s been one of my most time-consuming projects, I’ve hardly blogged about racket-mode — an Emacs major mode for Racket. To change that, here’s a post giving an overview of how racket-mode works, as well as a look at how it might grow someday.

Extramaze LLC: Using system fonts (not Google fonts)

:: Racket, Extramaze

In my previous post I discussed what I’m doing with deals.extramaze.com — and what I’m intentionally not doing. Since then, I’m not-doing more. This improves performance and simplifies the content security policy.

Extramaze LLC: Using Racket, PostgreSQL, AWS (but no ads or JS)

:: Racket, Extramaze

For Extramaze LLC I’m using Racket in a commercial project — a search engine with email alerts for deals on music gear — deals.extramaze.com.

This blog post is a sort of whirlwind tour of the use case and business model, as well as how I use things like Racket, PostgreSQL, and AWS — but don’t use advertising or JavaScript.

Racket Makefiles

:: Racket

A few years ago I wrote about makefiles for Racket. Some things have changed.

  1. The old makefile built and pushed documentation to a GitHub Pages branch of the repo. That’s no longer necessary: The Racket package catalog builds and hosts documentation.

  2. The Racket package catalog puts a yellow badge of shame on packages with missing dependencies (deps and build-deps in the package’s info.rkt). I want the makefile to check this.

  3. In .travis.yml files for Travis CI, I think the script section ought to simply invoke targets in the makefile — delegating details to the latter.

  4. Likewise some details needn’t even be in the makefile — they can move to the collection’s info.rkt. Example: The list of directories to clean.

  5. The old makefile had separate PACKAGENAME and COLLECTS variables; for single-collection packages they were the same value. I wanted to simplify this to just the package name and use the appropriate package variants of raco commands.

In that spirit, here’s an updated Makefile, which I recently started using in the rackjure, markdown, and frog projects.

Please scroll

:: Racket, Emacs

Recently I got more time to catch up on racket-mode. I improved two things that happen to fit one theme — an extraordinarily advanced UX concept I call, “scrolling down to the point of interest.”

Emacs Themes

:: Emacs

Until a few months ago I didn’t use Emacs themes. A custom-set-faces form in my init file gradually accumulated face specs like a lint-roller.

Then I started to use Solarized. Mostly light, sometimes dark. Switching between them using M-x load-theme worked fine.

Later I liked the look of Material. Although too high-contrast to use full-time, it works well in certain situations.

After I installed it I had two annoyances:

  1. I didn’t love the 3D “button” look it gives org-mode headings. Must tweak.

  2. Switching between the Solarized and Material themes using load-theme definitely did not work well: If the old theme defined a face, but the new theme did not, the old face would remain in effect. So for example I might switch to Material then back to Solarized, and get a weird mix of mostly Solarized but with Material org headings.

Here’s what I’m doing to address both issues.


:: Racket, racket-cookbook

If you’ve heard of Racket “at-expressions”, maybe you think they’re “that funny Scribble notation in which you write Racket documentation.”

In fact at-expressions are a general, alternative way to write s-expressions. They can be used in various handy ways.

Let’s look at using at-expressions for a few practical things like:

Keyword structs, revisited

:: Racket, macros, software

This revises my Keyword structs post to fix some mistakes, discuss the struct* match pattern, and rewrite the macro to use syntax-parse and support default arguments.

A good rule of thumb in Racket is to use a struct instead of list when you’re juggling more than two or three items.

Blogging catch-up

:: Hacker School

GitHub dropped Pygments

:: Racket, software

Hacker school week 6

:: Hacker School

Racket workflow

:: Racket

Hands-on with Haskell week 1

:: Haskell, Hacker School

Applicable symbols

:: Clojure, Hacker School

Hacker School day 15

:: Hacker School

Why macros?

:: Racket, Clojure, Hacker School

Hands-on with Clojure day 5

:: Clojure, Hacker School

Hands-on with Clojure day 4

:: Clojure, Hacker School

Hands-on with Clojure day 3

:: Clojure, Hacker School

Hands-on with Clojure day 2

:: Clojure, Hacker School

Hands-on with Clojure

:: Clojure, Hacker School

Written in Racket

:: Racket

Destructuring lists with match

:: Racket

Does your Racket project need a makefile?

:: Racket, racket-cookbook

`__FILE__` and `__LINE__` in Racket

:: Racket, racket-cookbook

Fallback when required function not available

:: Racket, racket-cookbook

Racket cookbook

:: Racket, racket-cookbook

Using syntax/loc and unit test macros

:: Racket, racket-cookbook, macros

Using syntax/loc

:: Racket, macros

Racket package management

:: Racket

Markdown parser redesign

:: Racket

Interview and RacketCon talk

:: software

Understanding and Using C Pointers

:: software

Using call/input-url

:: Racket, racket-cookbook

Spoiler Alert: Just Give Google Power of Attorney

:: Google, technology

Skim or sink

:: software, Racket

Using Travis CI for Racket projects

:: Racket

A case with fall-through

:: Racket, macros

You have something to hide

:: politics

Chromebook Pixel

:: Google, Linux, Racket

The ~> Threading Macro

:: Racket, Clojure, macros


:: Google, Racket, Atom, RSS

A guide for infrequent contributors to Racket

:: Racket, Git

Planet vs. the new package system

:: Racket

Roger Ebert, not engines

:: technology

Parameters in Racket

:: Racket

My Google Reader successor

:: Google, Atom, RSS

Host your own web apps?

:: software

Serve static files

:: Racket

Feed stats in Frog (without FeedBurner)

:: Frog, Google, Atom, RSS

The year Google became "Evil"?

:: Google

Killing Google Reader

:: Google, RSS, Atom

Keyword structs

:: Racket, macros, software

Frog overview

:: blog, Frog, Racket, software

Live with Frog

:: blog, Frog, Racket, software

Lull while I prepare to change tires

:: software, Racket, blog, Frog

greg^.head --> (first greg)

:: software

Fucking "Suggested Post" (why web apps matter)

:: software, technology

Walking in the steps of soft interrogation

:: life, politics

My Chrome extensions

:: software, technology

Clear interrupts

:: life, nostalgia, technology

We need a prior art database

:: patents, politics, software, technology

Compare apples to oranges with the Nexus 4

:: technology, Android

Computing like component stereo systems

:: technology

Series A round: Human worker theme park

:: technology

Fear of Macros

:: macros, Racket, software

Ancient history

:: life, nostalgia


:: blog

Domain registrar switch

:: technology