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Ask Arc: How to improve the Arc ecosystem?
5 points by TheShadowrunner 289 days ago | 6 comments
Arc seems like a extremely, extremely useful programming language. What can be done to improve the ecosystem of Arc, in order to promote more people using it?


4 points by zck 288 days ago | link

I think it would be useful to have things built in Arc. That way the language can feel like there's more life in it. Right now there aren't too many things built in Arc that aren't part of the language ecosystem.

To promote that, it would be useful to have a page that lists things built in Arc. I just made a page on the Anarki wiki here: https://github.com/arclanguage/anarki/wiki/Things-built-in-A...

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3 points by akkartik 288 days ago | link

Great idea! You should put your unit-test.arc in there.

Edit: added a couple of things.

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4 points by TheShadowrunner 289 days ago | link

Responding to my own post is kind of tacky, but it's a good place for me to throw out ideas.

One thing for certain is that I think documentation for newbies needs to be improved HEAVILY. For anyone starting out, they should be able to get a basic application up and running in no time. Still need to figure out a way to host it somewhere.

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3 points by akkartik 289 days ago | link

"..documentation for newbies needs to be improved HEAVILY."

Can you clarify what documentation you're thinking of?

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3 points by TheShadowrunner 289 days ago | link

For sure!

If you've seen something like the Rust Handbook, that would be one end-goal of documentation I would want to implement. For most other programming languages, there's a multitude of resources available for people to study and learn with. Arc just has a couple of web pages focused towards it, to be honest. We have the tutorial and the various documentation on the different functions of the Arc language.So, I DID spot a couple of web pages, but I'm not so sure if they'll be helpful for new programmers to the language.

Thoughts, criticism, complaints?

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4 points by akkartik 289 days ago | link

"..I DID spot a couple of web pages.."

I was wondering which pages you're aware of, since that will help put your statements in context. Can you share a few links?

I no longer do much programming in Arc. I mostly just hang out here to talk about interesting programming language ideas, and to answer any questions from newcomers. It's unclear how much benefit there is in polishing a language nobody uses. But if you choose to create new docs I'd love to help proof-read them. Who knows, maybe I'll even be inspired to contribute.

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