[erlang-questions] lists:reverse/1 as a built-in function
Tue Jan 16 11:25:13 CET 2007
--- Robert Baruch <> wrote:
> Personally, I'd like to decouple the "BIF problem"
> from the "import
> problem", like this:
> Use Java-like package rules in Erlang, applied like
> this: /.../
First of all, I'd recommend you have a look at
Erlang's packages, which are fairly Java-inspired, as
far as I know.
> If you call example_function(Arg) anywhere else, you
> need to either
> call it as foo.bar.baz:example_function(Arg), or you
> need to -import
> (foo.bar), and then you must call it as
What if example_function/1 is imported into module m
and also is defined in m? If I (locally, in m) call
example_function(1), which function would this
%% f/1 is auto-imported
f(1) -> ok.
g(X) -> f(X). %% which f/1 is called?
So far, we have two proposals:
- the auto-imported function is invoked (current
- the local function is invoked (proper scoping)
> The reason that I call baz the "class" name /.../
Not to sound too bad-tempered, but please don't do
that :-) The Java terminology doesn't quite
transplant, so it's liable to just be confusing.
> /.../ That is, a BIF
> is treated no differently from any other function
> when it comes to name qualification.
I agree with this part, which I call "proper scoping"
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