[erlang-questions] Killer Erlang tools

Toby Thain <>
Tue Jun 12 22:18:08 CEST 2007


On 12-Jun-07, at 12:41 PM, Joel Reymont wrote:

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> On Jun 12, 2007, at 4:23 PM, Toby Thain wrote:
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>>> I'll be writing the refactoring IDE in Lisp and for Cocoa on the  
>>> Mac.
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>> That's an unfortunate restriction. Why not make it portable?
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> I tried doing things for profit but it never worked out for me.  
> Doing things for fun is so much better. Cross-platform is not as  
> fun or just as sexy.

After I posted, I wondered if I'd misread your mail, and you were  
actually planning a platform independent core with a fancy OS X- 
optimised Cocoa version. But apparently I did not...

Doesn't this seriously limit the market - or if non-commercial,  
"audience" - for your tool? Which means it's not going to do the  
Erlang platform any favours either, if that was your aim.

Anyone else have an opinion on portability? I even make Windows ports  
of my GPL tools, because I don't believe in arbitrarily punishing  
users for poor choices. Besides, it means I get about four times as  
many users (=testers) :)

my 2c,
--Toby

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