Can messages be sent to processes interactively?

James Hague jhague@REDACTED
Thu May 20 22:40:14 CEST 1999

Craig Dickson wrote:
> I'm not quite sure what you mean. From my own ten years or so of Usenet, I
> expect almost any public online discussion to be periodically interrupted by
> mad flamers, so your statement leads me to wonder if you interpreted
> something in my reply as being of that nature. If so, then I apologize; it
> wasn't meant harshly.

No, no, no, I didn't interpret it as harsh.  I'm just sensitive to what I
see as "predictable" reactions.  If someone posted "I'm writing a
spreadsheet in Pascal for xwindows and I'm looking GUI library
recommendations," you just *know* somebody is going to respond with "You
should use C, not Pascal!"  And so on.

I was very hesitant to post any code, because I expected to get flak for
indentation style or lack of comments or variable naming conventions, or a
dumb typo.  I made the latter, unfortunately!  Being able to see through
such "mistakes" is a good thing.  But, as I'll freely admit, my typo did
muddle the question somewhat.

Thanks for the help.  Erlang is the most (programming-related) fun I've
had in a long while.  And if the "Concurrent Programming in Erlang"
authors are reading this--great job!  It's a great read (and thankfully,
not as oversized as most language introductions).


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