[erlang-questions] Killer Erlang tools

Roberto Saccon <>
Wed Jun 13 06:45:03 CEST 2007


I just came across this web-based emacs-like editor. It might serve as
inspiration for the case of a web based IDE

http://robrohan.com/projects/9ne/

On 6/12/07, Bob Ippolito <> wrote:
>
> On 6/12/07, Toby Thain <> wrote:
> >
> > On 12-Jun-07, at 5:45 PM, Vlad Dumitrescu wrote:
> >
> > >> 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.
> > >
> > > It looks like Safari is now ported to Windows and thus there is a port
> > > of Cocoa. I don't have any more details, but it would be
> > > interesting...
> >
> > OS X + Windows != portable. In any case as others point out, a Cocoa
> > runtime for Windows is so far a dream.
> >
> > That's not to say that portable GUIs are easy. Frameworks all suck.
>
> If you want something to run cross-platform, you might as well target
> web browsers... Not that a totally web based IDE would be very fun to
> use (Zope 2!), but you could probably implement the majority of the
> app as JSON or XML HTTP services served up by Erlang, and do a lot of
> the UI with an embedded WebKit or something. Bonus is that you could
> probably do all of the interesting stuff with alternate interfaces
> pretty easily (e.g. Emacs, Vim, Eclipse, Flash, ...), and porting
> wouldn't be so hard.
>
> -bob
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