[erlang-questions] separators before end

David Mercer <>
Thu Sep 20 18:16:36 CEST 2007


> And I've encountered people who refuse to use erlang because of the
> atom/Variable thing.  Teaching your brain to be able to switch idioms
> is good for it.  I suggest you try it more often.

I agree.  That sort of thinking has kept Lisp out of the mainstream.  All
sorts of things *I* would have designed differently with the Erlang
language.  However, I certainly don't think we should destabilize a
successful language to suit my personal preferences, particularly as I am
not the one who would program any of the changes.  Unless I'm willing to sit
down and write my own language (Mercerlang?), I suppose I'll take what the
Swedes give me and be thankful.

The big winner for the language is that it has been used to develop
extremely reliable systems.  If I have to wade through some non-Lisp-like or
non-C-like syntax to get that, I think I can manage, and not whine *too*
much.

I'd have designed English differently, too.

Cheers,

David


-----Original Message-----
From: 
[mailto:] On Behalf Of David Terrell
Sent: Thursday, September 20, 2007 10:14
To: Minsloc Tarren
Cc: 
Subject: Re: [erlang-questions] separators before end

On Thu, Sep 20, 2007 at 01:44:41AM +0200, Minsloc Tarren wrote:
> 
> depends on the individual as with everything. for me, reading that it is
> separator was enough, as separator logically separates two things.
> 
> In python's case, the only people who complain about whitespace are people
> > who haven't used it (although they usually don't go as far as to call
the
> > creator an idiot on a completely unrelated list).
> >
> 
> it's a matter of taste.  and sorry, maybe i'm not weighting words, but if
i
> find some decision idiotic, i'm not afraid/ashamed to say so.

And I've encountered people who refuse to use erlang because of the
atom/Variable thing.  Teaching your brain to be able to switch idioms
is good for it.  I suggest you try it more often.

-- 
David Terrell

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