Re: Joy and reflection amirouche 28 Apr 2019 17:34 UTC
Hello, On 2019-04-28 15:17, Lassi Kortela wrote: > Frank added new stuff to the aggregated package listing again, and > browsing it suddenly made me very happy. It provides a glimpse and > confirmation of the vision I've had all along. link? > People draw impressions and make decisions based on mental pictures. > This affects our feelings of confidence, security, accomplishment and > motivation. Those feelings imbue life with a sense of direction and > meaning which fundamentally affects where we allocate our time. Well written. > The challenge Scheme has had is that we have a lot of good stuff but > it's largely hidden from view. So when people without significant > Scheme experience try to picture it in their minds, they draw a blank, > or perhaps a hazy vision of past glory and present ambivalence. > Aggregating all things Scheme onto one website will refresh that > vision with a vivid picture of a lively and featureful language with a > great community. Yes. > As information is added, browsing the package listing is starting to > feel more and more like languages with bigger communities (there are > currently over 1000 packages in it). Once we can integrate Arthur's > excellent SRFI listings, the implementation metadata, documentation > and search for all of these things as well as equivalent REPL and > editor hooks, a lot more experienced programmers and adventurous > novices are going to be looking favorably at Scheme. Many of them will > get addicted thanks to Scheme's intrinsic merits. And the community's > internal motivation ought to be boosted when the sum total of the > fruits of our labor is on clear display. Now and then it feels lonely > and tiresome to work on a little corner of the world for weeks on end, > but when you can directly grasp the big picture into which your puzzle > piece is going, there are few other things that can motivate a person > so much. > What few differences there are between proponents of > different standards and implementations, This link might be useful in this regard: http://wingolog.org/archives/2013/01/07/an-opinionated-guide-to-scheme-implementations > I hope we can put them aside > for this project and gradually come to agree that in the end we all > win when Scheme wins. Exactly! > For me this milestone (searching for a feeling, which the package > listing has now homed in on) vindicates these past couple months of > frenzied and occasionally bizarre-looking activity that we often did > by guesswork and with no certain payoff. It gives newfound confidence > that we have all been doing valuable work for a good cause with a > solid strategy. > > I can't wait to show everyone that their picture of Lisp in the > dustbin of computer history needs an update. I hope you will stick > around so together we can get the job done faster :) Thanks for writing this.