[erlang-questions] Package Support/Use

Chandru <>
Thu Nov 2 18:51:46 CET 2006

On 02/11/06, Richard A. O'Keefe <> wrote:
> "Eric Merritt" <> praised packages:
>         Package names offer a well understood and well tested solution
>         to this problem.  They are even in the language right now, but
>         their unsupported (going away any time) status makes them
>         unusable.
> Package names may be well understood, but one of the things we understand
> about them is that they are wrong, as in "inside-out, back-to-front, and
> going away from you on the other side" (Goon Show quote).

[snipped loads of good explanation]

I agree. Please let's not have packages. They are so ugly. I hated them when
I first saw them in Java and it still feels the same. We once had one of our
module names clash with one of OTP's module names. We renamed our module and
the problem disappeared. This is once in 7 years. As Dominic Williams said
earlier, they force you to deal with a problem every day which only happens
once in a blue moon.

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