A Joeish Erlang distribution (long)
Mon Jan 27 14:55:00 CET 2003
Both Ulf and Mickaël (Hi!) goes directly for the nitty gritty details. I
don't mind this but to me the switch of paradigm towards COPL *and*
simplicity is in itself more important than if we choose this or that
CPAN or RPM packaging support.
I agree: A package mechanism would be great when building a new
distribution. Not required though.
Erlang needs to come out of the closet. Erlang is to good to niche itself
as a Telecom Functional Language. Talk about a small niche. Erlang needs
a larger user base if it is to survive.
IMO a COPL distribution could achieve this.
> An alternative distribution would have these characteristics:
> 1 Internet (server) programming focus
> 2 Concurrency Oriented Programming Language
> 3 Simplicity (due to 4)
> 4 Capable of handling small/middle/largish software projects
> 5 Aggressive towards addition/removal of language constructs/libraries
> (thus 6) [*].
> 6 Less focus on backwards compatibility.
> * = For example: mnemosyne is out, yaws replaces inets. Joe's !!
> addition is in (http://www.sics.se/~joe/nerl.html) etc.
I know. This would require a substantial amount of work. Especially the
documentation. A TODO list (in some detail) of stuff needed in order to
achieve it would be a good start. Then we just need volunteers.
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