[erlang-questions] Ideas for a new Erlang

Mats Cronqvist <>
Fri Jun 27 11:22:24 CEST 2008

Sven-Olof Nystr|m wrote:
> Well, that was never the main problem. Selective receive is complex
> and unnecessary. 
  over the years i've worked with perhaps 300 erlang programmers,  
pretty much all of which have been less accomplished computer scientists 
than Sven-Olof. and there are many things in Erlang that they've found 
complex, unnecessary, or both. the syntax, higher order functions, list 
comprehensions, recursion, bignums... pretty much everything in Erlang/OTP.
  everything, that is, except two things; selective receive and hot code 
loading. i can't think of anyone that has found these two things complex 
and unnecessary.  
 now Sven-Olof is obviously entitled to his opinion about the meaning of 
complexity. but i think it's a fact that there is no great demand for a 
change in semantics of selective receive.


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