Emacs as Erlang IDE for newbies
Wed Dec 23 10:09:34 CET 2009
2009/12/23 Michael Turner <>
> Why should a newbie be fine with just a syntax-highlighting editor?
> do need more help from tools, not less. I maintain that an easy way to
> compile and run projects and a source-level debugger are vital.
> I'm starting to think that's the best choice for now -- no need to call
> it an editor, just say "here's a program that helps you write, change
> and run Erlang programs."
Bravo! That would be a smart move ;-)
Indeed, who cares about editors? They just need "a program that helps /them/
and run Erlang programs."
On the face of it, Wrangler might seem a strange choice -- for, surely,
> refactoring tools are for Real Programmers? But maybe not. Maybe
> beginners should have them at the beginning. Some common refactorings
> are very simple, like "change this function name everywhere." I wish
> I'd had that when I was starting out.
> As for Flymake, I really don't buy this idea that syntax error messages
> from the Erlang shell are now adequately clear. Hardly a day goes by
> that I don't have to peel myself off the ceiling, shouting, "'Syntax
> error before: &'?! Be specific!" I want to know more.
> And so will noobs.
That's not a wrong thought.
I've suggested Emacs because, besides its uncluttered interface, you could
tailor its configuration and its packages' ones to suit your needs, exposing
as much functionality as you wish.
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