I teach an intro CS course, and need Reason/ReScript advice. I need to start with a little context.
Three downsides for us were (1) the Pervasives library appeared to be pretty well implemented…except it turned out we couldn’t do I/O like “open this file and read from it.” (2) We never really worked out a nice way of printing out arbitrary values as sketch.sh does, which we’d have liked to use when students write test-cases. (3) Installing things involved tools whose purpose wasn’t always clear, and debugging students’ installations was sometimes a pain.
My plan for this year is to continue to use Reason syntax (unless playing with ReScript convinces me that it’s really a lot nicer), but I have to choose which “branch” of the recent division of Reason (ReScript or not-ReScript) is the best to go with for our purposes.
I’d appreciate informed opinions (which may well vary, of course) on the following (all in the context of relatively small programs):
Is the installation and build-run cycle simpler on one branch than the other? And is the documentation of each one comparable?
Does either branch have larger portions of Pervasives implemented? In particular, does one support file I/O or even standard-I/O?
Do both have decent IDE support (e.g., does vscode play nice with both)?
Thanks in advance for any clarification that anyone can provide.