[erlang-questions] lists:reverse/1 as a built-in function

Thomas Lindgren thomasl_erlang@REDACTED
Fri Jan 12 14:22:49 CET 2007

--- Robert Virding <robert.virding@REDACTED> wrote:
> So with this in mind it is not really strange that
> BIFs are 
> auto-imported, and have priority over "normal"
> functions defined in 
> modules; they are part of the language. It is
> perhaps unfortunate that 
> we allowed definition of functions with the same
> name and arity as the 
> auto-imported ones.

It might have seemed like a good design choice at the
time, but note that auto-import (with "override") has
several unfortunate ramifications, which is why it
should be aged out. As Richard mentioned, one such
consequence is the difficulty in extending the set of

Standardizing the set of functions implemented in C
doesn't sound like a viable long term solution (nor
does standardizing the set of overridden functions).
Disallowing functions with the same names as builtins
doesn't sound like a very good design choice either.
Do note that there already is a simple,
straightforward option that does the right thing.


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