[erlang-questions] Design strategies for a test suite
Fri May 16 22:45:27 CEST 2008
Looks like I managed to send this to Paul privately instead of the list as
intended. Gee, I love sucking at the internet.
> %% API
> -compile([export_all, debug_info]).
I'm not really sure how I feel about the export prototype list changing on
terms of a macro define. The thing that gives me pause is the importance of
a compile in Erlang's module system: just compiling something has some
pretty major impact on its use in a live system. Still, it's not any worse
than the things I'd already come up with.
I'm starting to think this Selective Export thing might be what I want. I
don't see much talk of how it's done exactly, and when I googled I got stuff
from Eiffel and Haskell. That said, what Eiffel and Haskell have seem to be
what I want. I went digging through the eeps looking for a discussion of
what's intended, but didn't find one. I'm kind of a noob, here; where
should I be looking to see what's planned?
Am I right in believing we'd be seeing something like this?
That sort of thing seems extremely desirable to me. One of the biggest
problems I'm having with Erlang right now is a way to govern display at the
code level of facilities. I'm very much a C++ mindset person, and I'm very
much in desire of some way to seal off access to a lot of stuff that's just
sitting out exposed right now.
Selective export would allow me to do the kind of closed-access thing I'm
used to from friend declarations, and if it worked with one's own module,
it'd provide me a way to make spawnable functions internal only (something I
really, really badly want) just by naming the module in its own export
-export_to(protected_example, [privateish_spawnable/0]). % want badly
So, pardon me please for speaking up at what's probably late in the game,
but where can I go to read about the current mindset for selective export,
and whether it's expected as a language feature? (It would be tremendously
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