standalone erlang

Adrian Ho <>
Thu Feb 17 03:28:02 CET 2005


On Wed, Feb 16, 2005 at 09:36:02PM +0100, Vlad Dumitrescu wrote:
> To complete my own posting, there is a nice tool at 
> http://www.info-zip.org/ that can be used to build self-extracting zip 
> files, and it runs on most platforms too.

The Tclkit model <http://www.equi4.com/tclkit.html> may be a better
approach, though more difficult to implement.  The keys there are:

* a virtual file system (TclVFS)

* a lightweight yet powerful database (Metakit)

As a Tcl programmer who's now venturing into the Erlang realm, I've been
bundling most of my previous work in Tclkits for end-user convenience.
The only three down-sides I've seen are:

* implementation effort (not sure how much it would take, but I suspect
  much code can be recycled from the Tclkit sources -- not sure about
  the legal aspects though)

* executable size (but that's ameliorated with in-DB compression)

* no general system support for loading DLLs from DB (the tclkit still
  has to extract the DLL to a file before loading)

- Adrian



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