Erlang is getting too big

Mike Williams mike@REDACTED
Mon Oct 13 13:34:34 CEST 2003


Thanks, I have been shouting this for anout the last four years.
At this stage of Erlang's development, it is far better to live
with what we have got "warts and all". It is easy to add things,
it is impossible to take things away. Continuously adding things to
the language will just land us with a monster which nobody will


In article <219ABE6A-FD67-11D7-8668-000A95927CCE@REDACTED>,
 sean.hinde@REDACTED (Sean Hinde) writes:
|> Hi,
|> An observation from the trenches.
|> There are huge problems out in the real world getting companies (or 
|> even other departments) to adopt Erlang. One of the arguments in favour 
|> of Erlang has been that it is a "small" language so the overhead of 
|> learning it and, vastly more important, supporting the applications 
|> written in it is small.
|> This is no longer the case, and from what I see on the mailing list and 
|> in conferences there is a strong push towards adding more obfuscation 
|> to an already large and (for C++ types) confusing language.
|> Please let us stop this profligate adding of new features otherwise we 
|> will kill the takeup of Erlang stone dead.
|> Sean

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