[erlang-questions] Forget Erlang on the Java VM. More language on the Erlang VM are needed!

James Hague <>
Thu Nov 29 16:35:10 CET 2007


On Nov 28, 2007 7:34 AM, Joel Reymont <> wrote:
>
> Write Lisp on the Erlang VM, write Haskell or a new language with an
> elegant syntax. Throw your lot into improving the existing VM.

Agreed 100%.  The Erlang VM is fantastic in a number of ways.  It
supports the features that make Erlang great: message passing,
lightweight processes.  It's also one of the fastest dynamic language
VMs out there.  Plus it's easy to map imperative languages to Erlang
(http://prog21.dadgum.com/5.html).

And now a question: what's the best target for compiling to?  Real
Erlang?  Core Erlang?  BEAM?  I'm probably alone in this opinion, but
I think a light layer of syntactic sugar on top of raw, BEAM code
would be a fun and productive language--and even more flexible than
Erlang.  But relying on the BEAM VM to remain stable isn't reasonable.

James



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