Language Bindings for Erlang Again (Opinion)

Jeff Crane <>
Wed Jun 7 19:18:40 CEST 2006


According to the erlang documentation there's
erl_interface and jinterface. The jinterface
documentation is quite robust!
(http://www.erlang.se/doc/doc-5.0.1/lib/jinterface-1.2/doc/html/index.html)

--- "Richard A. O'Keefe" <> wrote:
> If I am looking for an interface between language X
> and language Y,
> and I have language X installed on my system, I go
> looking in the
> documentation for language X before looking on the
> Web.
> So I did.

I dont see the point of looking up the documentation
for an interface when 3rd party, example usage, will
both alert you to the gotchas that the documentation
(inevitably) fails to cover (hence a gotcha) and
contemporary usage. I suppose many people forget how
ridiculous their first C programs would have looked,
without examples to follow. Coupled with the fact that
I dont think an Erlang to Java to Python binding is a
good idea, it just didn't occur to me to look for Java
Your methodology is sound and I should have adopted
it.  

It's interesting to note that my peers (3 other people
I know) did not find the jinterface either. Google
does not return it without explicitly putting Java in
the search which is pretty specific. I guess the
second step to looking for an interface is iterating
through erlang interface Language.

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