[erlang-questions] erlang for programming a text editor
Sun Nov 1 17:08:16 CET 2009
On 1-Nov-09, at 1:31 AM, Ted Henry wrote:
> With 100 core chips probably coming to desktop computers in the
> near future,
> I wonder about writing a multiprocess vi-like or emacs-like text
> (probably more emacs-like in implementation.) Sometimes single
> editors really bog down when searching multiple files,
This would seem to be I/O bound.
> syntax highlighting
> multiple files.
If you can't get syntax highlighting working fast enough on today's
single core, your problems aren't going to be solved by language choice.
> I'm not that knowledgeable in the Erlang world. It seems
> like Erlang's fault tolerance and ability to upgrade code without
> would not be big advantages for a text editor. Also a text editor
> usually distributed across multiple physical machines. I think the
> advantage would be Erlang's processes for concurrency. Would Erlang
> offer a
> good advantage over a programming language with software transactional
> memory (e.g. Haskell, Clojure)? Would *you* use Erlang to program a
> editor or desktop application?
> Very interested to read your thoughts.
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