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Excellent Free Tutorials to Learn Racket

Racket is a general-purpose, object-oriented, multi-paradigm, functional, imperative, logic based programming language based on the Scheme dialect of Lisp. It’s designed to be a platform for programming language design and implementation.

Racket is also used to refer to the family of Racket programming languages and the set of tools supporting development on and with Racket. It has a powerful cross-platform GUI library built in.

Racket’s core language includes macros, modules, lexical closures, tail calls, delimited continuations, parameters (fluid variables), software contracts, green and OS threads, and more. The language also comes with primitives, such as eventspaces and custodians, which control resource management and enables the language to act like an operating system for loading and managing other programs.

Racket is often used for scripting, computer science education, and research. It’s an open-source project (Apache/MIT).

Here’s our recommended tutorials to learn Racket.


1. An Introduction to Racket with Pictures by Racket

This tutorial provides a brief introduction to the Racket programming language by using one of its picture-drawing libraries. Even if you don’t intend to use Racket for your artistic endeavors, the picture library supports interesting and enlightening examples. After all, a picture is worth five hundred “hello world”s.

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2. The Racket Guide by Matthew Flatt, Robert Bruce Findler and PLT

This guide is intended for programmers who are new to Racket or new to some part of Racket. It assumes programming experience.

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3. Learn Racket in Y minutes by th3rac25 and contributors

This document offers a whirlwind tour of Racket.

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4. Systems Programming with Racket by Matthew Flatt

Underneath the graphical facade of DrRacket lies a sophisticated toolbox for managing threads and processes, which is the subject of this tutorial.

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5. Racket Tutorials by Matthew Butterick

This is a series of 11 tutorials that offer useful information about functional programming, macros, and more.

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6. Web Applications in Racket by Danny Yoo, Jay McCarthy

How do we make dynamic web applications? In this tutorial, the authors show how to use Racket to achieve this goal. They explain how to start up a web server, how to generate dynamic web content, and how to interact with the user. Their working example is a simple web journal — a “blog.”

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7. Teach Yourself Racket by Prabhakar Ragde

This document offers a quick, shallow, and incomplete introduction to the language for mature programmers with experience in an imperative language (C, C++, Java, Python, etc.)

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