What has Symbolics done for me lately?
Marc Ernst Eddy van Woerkom
Wed Feb 26 12:52:02 CET 2003
> A disarmingly simple question to ask. Why,
> pray tell, has erlang not displaced Java or
> even Visual Basic?
Java is targeted for those who don't grok C++. ;-)
Visual Basic is targeted for those who don't grok Java. ;-)
Erlang is in the avantgarde state shortly before the common masses
discoverd it, like the internet was in the early 90ies,
or Linux was a few years ago.
It realy needs trivializing and hyping.
That's why Eric and I will put some sweat into an Eclipse
version, so that all those "GUI clickers" can bang on Erlang. :)
> A short little ramble of my own opinions:
Thank you very much for that very interesting ramble!
The memories you value for Symbolics, I value for the SGI
workstations I had the pleasure to use in the past.
All victims to the beige PC boxes.
> ran C code. The project I worked on was about
> 250K lines of LISP, developed by a team of 5 or 6,
> an impossible task in any other language on any
> other hardware.
250k lines of LISP, that sounds scary (not to mention
the millions of parantheses involved :)
> 3) The Meta Object Protocol (MOP) of Common LISP
> Object System introduced the concept of reflexive and
> introspective languages (although Smalltalk took a first
> cut at it) -- all the Java stuff for introspection
> come directly from these concepts.
Oh, I read about a MOP the first time here
interesting to know where that idea comes from.
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