With that said, I just might try again, as I've been wanting to add a scheme to my repertoire, and this looks quite nice!
Setting spacemacs aside, other problems have largely been emacs itself. Something about the versions or dependency libraries available on linux mint and arch being incompatible with desired plugins, or installed plugins not activating or working.
Like I said, I might give it another shot, though given how comfortable I am with other options, I can't honestly say that I know what I would get out of it. Org-mode is uninteresting as I have no need for it, most other editors that I use have reasonable parentheses manipulation (or the fee keystrokes that would be saved with a shortcut arent a big deal). Other schemes and lisps I've tried have also had reasonable REPL integration as well.
Who knows, maybe this time around I'll find something to keep my interest. Does emacs have anything like VSCode's ability to run remotely in a docker container? That is something that definitely would be handy for working with gerbil, since I'm currently doing my side projects in osx
I will say liquid looks really interesting, if I were interested in doing more clojure that is.
that said, the network / rpc / database facilities make this look like a good scripting scheme for microservices sorts of things
I'd be interested in a comparison of its integrated web framework to Awful from CHICKEN. I've used Awful and it was certainly not awful, but haven't tried Gerbil yet.
(need to fix that pipeline, I know)