Stand Alone Erlang for Windows. yet again

Bijan Parsia <>
Thu Mar 15 18:34:51 CET 2001


On Thu, 15 Mar 2001, James Hague wrote:
[snip]
> Yes, I'm outside the usual realm of Erlang here!  I've been using Erlang as
> kind of a fast, well-maintained alternative to Prolog. If you look around,
> there are zero good and free Prologs available.  The commercial ones tend to
> cost $1600 and up--per user--for a commercial license.

AFAICT, both these claims are false. I.e.,t here are many good and free
Prologs available (e.g., SWI-Prolog,
	http://www.swi.psy.uva.nl/projects/SWI-Prolog/) and many of the
commercial one's are reasonably priced.

SWI-Prolog is interesting because, among other things like a way fast XML
parser (which is written in C and should be easily ported to generate
Erlang terms), it's bundled with a portable OO/graphics/GUI library,
XPCE. Apparantly, binding XPCE to a symbolic oriented language is pretty
easy (there are several Lisp bindings, for example) and it would be neat
if some C-ish person made one for Erlang. I find it snappier than the
Erlang Tk stuff (on windows, at least) and it's got nice text/layout
handling facilities, and emacs clone, drawing program, etc.

	http://www.swi.psy.uva.nl/projects/xpce/

Cheers,
Bijan Parsia.




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