[erlang-questions] Volunteers wanted for new project

Michael Turner <>
Thu Jul 22 13:53:45 CEST 2010


"I think that http://projects.trapexit.org/ seems like a reasonably good fit
for what you are asking for.  It crawls github, sourceforge, bitbucket and
google code searching for erlang-related projects."

But when I try to find the parser that Joe finally got pointed to, I don't
see anything matching the description.

There are repositories called "stuff", though.  Just in case anybody
happened to want something called "stuff."

I like the bit of graphical fanciness of http://projects.trapexit.org/ but
it's dispensable.  What I don't like is getting an alphabetized list of 1450
items most of which don't amount to anything.  Wings 3D is listed twice.
 Its ranking in both cases is the same as for "stuff" -- zero stars.  Even
though Wings 3D a pretty solid piece of code with a large community of
users.

What this should be telling you is that you've got something very backwards
here, in terms of offering value to the Erlang community. Don't try to
automate the listing of Erlang-coded packages.  Instead, when you find what
might be an Erlang-coded package, make use of *human* intelligence: contact
the people responsible for the code, asking if they are interested in being
listed.  You probably won't get a reply from most of them.  You'll get about
1/10th to 1/5th the number of package listings.  But that's a feature, not a
bug.  Finding useful things will no longer be like pawing through a drawer
mostly full of unmatched socks.  If it takes someone's actual human effort
to get a thing listed, each thing on the list will be something that at
least one person in the world actually cares about.  And if at least one
person cares about it, the chances that there are two or more people who
would care are much higher.

-michael turner



On Thu, Jul 22, 2010 at 7:58 PM, Ulf Wiger
<>wrote:

>
> I think that http://projects.trapexit.org/ seems like a
> reasonably good fit for what you are asking for.
>
> It crawls github, sourceforge, bitbucket and google code
> searching for erlang-related projects. If you have an
> account (free of charge) on trapexit, you can rate
> components, and add comments/info on related trapexit
> forums and wiki.
>
> There are several improvements that could be considered.
> One is to move it to faster hardware. Please give feedback.
>
> BR,
> Ulf W
>
> Dale Harvey wrote:
>
>> On 22 July 2010 09:33, Joe Armstrong <> wrote:
>>
>>>
>>> What I want is a "report a resource" thing on the web.
>>>
>>> All you should have to do is go to a web site fill in a form with the
>>> following:
>>>
>>>          resource type: erlang
>>>          reported by: <name>
>>>          url: <url>
>>>          keywords: <k1,k2,k3>
>>>          description: <....>
>>>          <click>
>>>
>>> [...]
>>>
>>>
>>> We also need a search engine to answer resource queries.
>>>
>>>   My guess is that a reputation based system would be pretty good. I
>>>   don't want to name names but we all know that if <XYZ> recommended
>>>   something it must be pretty good.
>>>
>>> So if this doesn't exist I think we should build it as a group effort.
>>> Even if it does exist we should build it, I'll tell you why later.
>>>
>>>
>>>  Most open source projects live in github these days, including most
>> erlang
>> ones, we can search based on languages and keyword, followers / watchers
>> is
>> a reputation system.
>>
>> I think we already have this, just a matter of making sure the rest use it
>> (and possibly a custom / improved search?)
>>
> [...]
>
> --
> Ulf Wiger
> CTO, Erlang Solutions Ltd, formerly Erlang Training & Consulting Ltd
> http://www.erlang-solutions.com
>
>
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