A Joeish Erlang distribution (long)
Mon Jan 27 15:40:59 CET 2003
> I look forward to hearing Joe's comments (and everybody else's as well, of course!).
Yes - this is all very flattering - and I really appreciate the
attempt to find more things for me to do :-) - for some reason people
seem to think I can't think of things to do so they come up with
helpful suggests for things I might like to do ..
My wife, for example, thinks that if I haven't got anything else to
do than "clicking away on that computer" I could do something useful
like washing the cat or feeding the dishes ... sigh
On reflection I'm against this - why? - The Erlang OTP release is a
very high quality release - I wouldn't like people to think that there
were several different Erlang's and have to put them in the position of
having to choose "which is the better" of these - as far as new users
are concerned there should be only ONE Erlang and that's the Erlang
that you get from the OTP people.
I would, however, like to see a much smaller core release.
In order to compile up the OTP release I need to have Java
installed, and I need to compile up loads of things that I will never
When I get and build Erlang I have to wait a longish time while all
the corba and ASN.1 and XYZ stuff is compiled. Now cobra is, no
doubt, absolutely splendid - but I have never ever used it nor have I
had the slightest desire to use it, so as far as I'm concerned, it
might as well not clutter up my disk - if I want it I'll go and get
Even worse, sometimes an error occurring when compiling up some
application that I have zero interest in - breaks the build process.
People have said to me "Erlang is very big" the download is XXX
MBytes - but this is because of the large number of apps that are
bundled into the main tarball.
The next small step for mankind would be to split off the
applications from the core and distribute them separately.
Core Erlang should be just the compiler and the essential run-time -
nothing else - I think this would make the system easier to understand
I'd also like to see many more "stand alone applications" that are
written using only the core - these would be programs that "did
something useful" - a lot of the contributions are "libraries that you
can use to build fun things" rather than "fun things" - yaws and wings
are outstanding examples of these.
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