Emacs has long been a favorite among Lispers and Schemers, and is popular among Racketeers as well.
24.2.1 Major Modes
Racket mode provides thorough syntax highlighting and DrRacket-style REPL and buffer execution support for Emacs.
Racket mode can be installed via MELPA or manually from the Github repository.
Quack is an extension of Emacs’s scheme-mode that provides enhanced support for Racket, including highlighting and indentation of Racket-specific forms, and documentation integration.
Quack is included in the Debian and Ubuntu repositories as part of the emacs-goodies-el package. A Gentoo port is also available (under the name app-emacs/quack).
Geiser provides a programming environment where the editor is tightly integrated with the Racket REPL. Programmers accustomed to environments such as Slime or Squeak should feel at home using Geiser. Geiser requires GNU Emacs 23.2 or better.
Quack and Geiser can be used together, and complement each other nicely. More information is available in the Geiser manual.
Debian and Ubuntu packages for Geiser are available under the name geiser.
Emacs ships with a major mode for Scheme, scheme-mode, that while not as featureful as the above options, works reasonably well for editing Racket code. However, this mode does not provide support for Racket-specific forms.
No Racket program is complete without documentation. Scribble support for Emacs is available with Neil Van Dyke’s Scribble Mode.
In addition, texinfo-mode (included with GNU Emacs) and plain text modes work well when editing Scribble documents. The Racket major modes above are not really suited to this task, given how different Scribble’s syntax is from Racket’s.
24.2.2 Minor Modes
Paredit is a minor mode for pseudo-structurally editing programs in Lisp-like languages. In addition to providing high-level S-expression editing commands, it prevents you from accidentally unbalancing parentheses.
Debian and Ubuntu packages for Paredit are available under the name paredit-el.
Smartparens is a minor mode for editing s-expressions, keeping parentheses balanced, etc. Similar to Paredit.
Alex Shinn’s scheme-complete provides intelligent, context-sensitive code completion. It also integrates with Emacs’s eldoc mode to provide live documentation in the minibuffer.
While this mode was designed for R5RS, it can still be useful for Racket development. The tool is unaware of large portions of the Racket standard library, and there may be some discrepancies in the live documentation in cases where Scheme and Racket have diverged.
The RainbowDelimiters mode colors parentheses and other delimiters according to their nesting depth. Coloring by nesting depth makes it easier to know, at a glance, which parentheses match.
ParenFace lets you choose in which face (font, color, etc.) parentheses should be displayed. Choosing an alternate face makes it possible to make “tone down” parentheses.
24.2.3 Packages specific to Evil Mode
on-parens is a wrapper for smartparens motions to work better with evil-mode’s normal state.
evil-surround provides commands to add, remove, and change parentheses and other delimiters.
evil-textobj-anyblock adds a text-object that matches the closest of any parenthesis or other delimiter pair.