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Re: Guile Studio's goals (and home)

From: sirgazil
Subject: Re: Guile Studio's goals (and home)
Date: Fri, 28 Feb 2020 11:02:00 -0500
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 ---- On Fri, 28 Feb 2020 08:33:50 -0500 Eli Zaretskii <address@hidden> wrote 
 > > From: Ricardo Wurmus <address@hidden>
 > > Cc: address@hidden, address@hidden
 > > Date: Tue, 25 Feb 2020 13:47:36 +0100
 > > 
 > > > As an Emacs co-maintainer, I was quite surprised to read the above,
 > > > since AFAIK none of these issues were ever communicated to the Emacs
 > > > developers.  If they were reported (using the Emacs built-in
 > > > bug-reporting command), I'm quite sure we would be very attentive to
 > > > such reports and amenable to adding/tweaking features so as to make
 > > > Emacs a better basis for Guile use and development.  After all, GNU
 > > > projects should help each other.
 > > >
 > > > So I urge you to report the problems on which you hint above, and
 > > > suggest changes or improvements that would remove at least some of the
 > > > need to tweak Emacs for being a "Guile Studio".
 > > 
 > > These are not necessarily problems with Emacs.  They are just annoyances
 > > that result from a mismatch of expectations. [...]
 > > 
 > > I don’t feel strongly enough about these things that I would push to
 > > change the defaults in Emacs.  But as an experienced Emacs user I feel
 > > confident enough to judge what Emacs features contribute to confusion,
 > > and to configure them in a way that mitigates or avoids the confusion.
 > > 
 > > The goal here is to point new Guilers to an IDE they can use without
 > > further configuration instead of telling them to install Emacs, install
 > > Geiser, install Company mode, install Flycheck and configure a Guile
 > > syntax checker, etc.  Guile Studio accomplishes this goal by configuring
 > > Emacs — not by forking Emacs.
 > > 
 > > I don’t think Emacs should have its defaults changed to be the best
 > > Guile editor out of the box.  It’s already the best editor (and more),
 > > in my opinion, but it may need extensive configuration to get reach its
 > > potential in different domains.
 > A "problem" doesn't necessarily have to be a bug or a deficiency, it
 > could also be a missing feature.  In this case, a missing feature
 > could perhaps be described as a lack of guile-ide.el package in Emacs,
 > which users of the Guile Studio could simply load, and magically have
 > their confusion taken care of.  Or maybe Emacs could have a
 > simple-ide.el package which would target more than just Guile users
 > (assuming at least part of the customizations you think are needed are
 > not specific to Guile).  Or it could be something else; or a
 > combination of several features separately selectable by users.
 > My point is that a need for extensive customizations might mean that
 > some more general issue exists that the Emacs developers may need to
 > address, either by default or as customizable options that aggregate
 > several related options (thus freeing the users from the need to
 > customize each one separately).  Describing those issues could
 > therefore be beneficial both for Emacs and for Guile.  So I still
 > think a detailed bug report could be a good idea, if only to have the
 > issues recorded in the Emacs issue tracker.

Personally, I avoid sending these kinds of issue reports to Emacs because I 
think to myself, "Emacs is GNU, Guile is GNU; the IDE functionality I want is 
common across IDEs; Emacs is very old; if this functionality is not in Emacs 
it's because they don't use it, or don't want it." 

But I guess it wouldn't hurt to try. If something good comes out of it (e.g. a 
default guile-ide), maybe Guile Studio could also benefit from it (if there is 
still a need for a Guile Studio).

Maybe I'll send something...

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