Erlang Development Environment

Sean Hinde <>
Mon Mar 5 19:27:50 CET 2001


Andi,

> On Mon, Mar 05, 2001 at 04:25:15PM -0000, Sean Hinde wrote:
> > I've read a number of suggestions for a better Erlang Development
> > Environment than emacs.. It certainly seems we are falling 
> behind some other
> > languages in terms of support environment. (OCaml, Clean, 
> Python etc).
> 
> Could you describe what you think is wrong with the emacs 
> environment ? 

It's fine - I use it all the time. It is not everyone's cup of tea though -
other people here refuse to go near it and prefer to use vi, or notepad or
Joe or whatever If there was a nice dedicated environment which provided
integrated (meaning gui) support for some of the things I mentioned then I
believe that our Erlang experience would be a more pleasant and productive
one.

More seriously I am always in favour of providing the best tools to support
the people doing the job at the sharp end (which is why we are using Erlang
in the first place :-) ). Yes emacs can be made to do many things but when I
compare ease of use and accessibility between that and a nice gui clickware
environment with online help, automatic function name completion, Hit f1 to
get a reminder of the order of parameters for this library function...)
there is no real comparison.

Some people would continue to use emacs - others (including me, and I
suggest the majority of newcomers to the language) would use a dedicated
environment if there was one and it was any good.

> I think you're trying to reinvent the wheel ;) 

Absolutely right. There is nothing new here except that Erlang is in the
middle not Java, or C++, or Clean, or C#.

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> Interesting.

Bizarre standard corporateware nonsense out of my control, please destroy
all e-mails from me before reading them otherwise you will be disobeying the
instructions which come after the body of the e-mail eh?

- Sean



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