DrScheme is a tool that helps you write, debug, and run your Scheme programs. It is available for free for all major platforms, including Windows, Macintosh, and Unix. If you want a copy for home, use Netscape to go from the course home page to the Concrete Abstractions supporting materials page, to the page on using DrScheme.
To start DrScheme on one of our Linux machines, use the same general technique as for Netscape: Starting from the K menu, go to the Applications submenu and then select DrScheme.
The first time start DrScheme you will be greeted with a window offering you a tour; just click the Close button on that window. That leaves you with the following main window:
You will type your programs into the upper half of the window (called the definition window) and you will interact with Scheme in the lower half (called the interaction window).
To make DrScheme fully compatible with the Concrete Abstractions text, you need to change a configuration setting from the Language menu. (You will only need to do this today, since configuration settings are saved.) First select Choose Language... from that menu. This will bring up the following panel:
Press on the button that says Beginning Student and while holding your mouse button down, drag down to Full Scheme, and then release. Now click the OK button. Finally, click on the Execute button.
Now you are ready to start doing real work. In the interaction window, type the following Scheme expression: (and press enter).
(+ 5 5)Scheme evaluates the expression and prints its value:
Next, try typing the definition of a simple Scheme procedure into the definition window:
Then click the Execute button to load your definition into the interaction window. You can then run this procedure by typing the following expression in the interaction window:(define double (lambda (x) (+ x x)))
Most of the time you can ignore the menus and use the following buttons to interact with DrScheme:
In a black-and-white printout this isn't likely to look very different. You can also use bold, italic, etc. instead of color. Select Preferences from the Edit menu to change the appearance of keywords, variables, constants, and built-in procedures.
After checking syntax, try positioning the mouse over a variable: DrScheme will draw an arrow to indicate where the variable was bound (or where the binding occurrence of a variable is used).
For more information, visit the DrScheme documentation page:
This document was customized for Gustavus by Max Hailperin from a version created at Indiana University by Mark Leone, now of Zoesis, Inc. Permission to reproduce and modify was granted by Suzanne Menzel of Indiana University.