Herbarium racketensis: A stroll through the woods (Functional pearl)

Vincent St-Amour, Daniel Feltey, Spencer P. Florence, Shu Hung You, Robert Bruce Findler

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Domain-specific languages are the ultimate abstraction, dixit Paul Hudak. But what abstraction should we use to build such ultimate abstractions? What is sauce for the goose is sauce for the gander: a language, of course! Racket is the ultimate abstraction-abstraction, a platform for quickly and easily building new ultimate abstractions. This pearl demonstrates Racket’s power by taking a leisurely walk through the implementation of a DSL for Lindenmayer systems, the computational model par excellence of theoretical botany.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number1
JournalProceedings of the ACM on Programming Languages
Issue numberICFP
StatePublished - Sep 2017


  • Lindenmayer systems
  • Racket

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Software
  • Safety, Risk, Reliability and Quality


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