[erlang-questions] Was Re: Bug ?! now Erlang comment (LONG LONG)
Wed Oct 25 13:25:23 CEST 2006
> How about forking the language and redesigning it to fix
> the problems?
I think forking the language would be a mistake:
- It would be a pity to split the community and expend
energy in different directions
- It might not even result in a better language (evolution
often gets better results than revolution)
However, I do find that backward compatibility is too often
offered as a reason not to make some changes, particularly
of the kind that correct past mistakes. As a result, Erlang
is growing, but not cleaned up.
I think the solution is to offer, along with the changes,
refactoring tools to bring existing code up to date.
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