comments from a scheme newby Daniel Goertzen 12 Oct 2004 21:42 UTC
I am a veteran C/C++/Python programmer but am just starting out with lisp and scheme. I've gone through a number of exercises and examples... all the parenthesis don't bother me, but the indentation rules seem odd. I've come to the conclusion that I will need a scheme specific editor to write code of any reasonable length, and the premier tool for this seems to be emacs. The PLT Scheme editor had promise, but lacked a lot of ordinary editor features and I think would drive me nuts in the long run. This where I think I-expressions are a great idea. All my attempts to understand emacs have ended in frustration. I'll admit, I haven't invested large amounts of concentration in learning emacs, but I shouldn't have to learn a whole new editor just to program in scheme. I-expressions would allow me to use the many excellent "normal" editors out there and avoid emacs all together. Just thought I'd put my 2c in about why srfi 49 would be good for a beginner. Cheers, Dan.