Ractionary is a set of tools for generating dictionaries for Racket language aware tool support. The generation is done based on information available through Racket’s own facilities, including: scribble/xref provided documentation cross-reference information; and DrRacket "blue boxes" data (see scribble/contract-render).
Currently the focus is on Emacs support. One of the generated dictionary file formats is just a plain list of words, whereas the others contain Emacs Lisp declarations.
The following files may currently be generated as shown in the included "Makefile":
"racket-mode" is suitable for use as a drop-in Emacs Auto Complete Mode dictionary, for example, without any specific Emacs configuration required. It is just a list of bare symbols (one per line) without any additional information, and could potentially be used for auto completion in other editors as well.
"ractionary-words.el" is like the above, but it declares an Emacs Lisp variable ractionary-dictionary whose value is the list of strings constituting a Racket vocabulary.
"ractionary-words-help.el" is like the above, but its ractionary-dictionary-with-help variable also includes a "Help" text for each symbol. For a given symbol there may be multiple possible definitions; these are ranked according to the "importance" of the Racket module providing it (as defined by "ranking.rkt"), and the highest ranked one is picked. For example, car in r5rs or srfi/1 probably should not be considered as important as the car in Racket proper.
"ractionary-urls.el" associates API documentation URLs (for a local Racket installation) with symbols. Where the same symbol has multiple documented definitions, each of them will get its own URL. The generated URL table can hence be used either to implement an "I’m feeling lucky" search for the symbols in Racket, or a set of choices can be presented to the user.
Some examples of Ractionary-generated dictionary uses include:
emacs-company-racket-mode: Complements the above Company backend with another one, which wraps the symbol completion functionality of racket-mode, whose racket-complete-at-point function does completion in a dynamic and context sensitive manner.
This example shows that it is possible to combine both a static dictionary for readily available context-insensitive completion, and more delicate and processing-intensive dynamic and contextual completion. The two backends of this example can further be complemented with Company’s own company-dabbrev-code backend, which provides generic-yet-contextual completion of non-comment symbols (e.g., those in the current buffer, or in same-mode buffers).
emacs-company-scribble: This example adapts the earlier emacs-company-quickhelp backend for completion of @-expressions’ initial symbols. While scribble-mode comes built in with completion for common Scribble symbols, a more extensive dictionary might be worth having when editing Scribble documents that make heavy use of additional abstractions, or particularly in languages such as at-exp racket.
“Dictionary-Enabled Racket Support for Emacs”: A blog post describing one way to set up Emacs to use the generated dictionary files for Auto Complete mode based symbol completion, and for quick opening of documentation for a symbol. The post is somewhat out of date with respect to the current version of Ractionary.