[erlang-questions] Ways to get started

Shaun Kruger <>
Mon Jul 11 22:55:38 CEST 2011


> I'd be curious to know what editor/IDE/toolset people use other than
> Emacs. Catch is, you have to be overall happy with it :)

I have to say that I enjoy erlide in eclipse.  It is nice when I'm doing extensive application development.  I particularly like the compile/load on save functionality it provides.  I have had to play with different versions to get the performance I wanted, but things have gotten better recently.  I still log to external files and tail the logs to watch for supervisor reports.  I completely developed Surrogate (https://github.com/skruger/Surrogate) using ErlIDE and it has been a very enjoyable experience.

Shaun

----- Original Message -----
> From: "Garrett Smith" <>
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> Sent: Monday, July 11, 2011 12:13:30 PM
> Subject: Re: [erlang-questions] Ways to get started
> 
> On Mon, Jul 11, 2011 at 11:41 AM,  <> wrote:
> > I get Erlang. That's the easy part.  It's just the underlying
> > development
> > structure and environment that gets in my way.
> 
> I hit the same issue. I went so far as to pick up Emacs. I have to
> say, I'm quite happy with the result, but that's a pretty big pill to
> swallow when you want to simply add Erlang to your repertoire.
> 
> And you don't *have* to use Emacs. But for me it was the path of
> least
> resistance.
> 
> I'd be curious to know what editor/IDE/toolset people use other than
> Emacs. Catch is, you have to be overall happy with it :)
> 
> > Is there a real 101 that can give me a leg up?  Really basic
> > questions like:
> >
> > How do I get Erlang from github?  Where do I put it once I get it?
> 
> Use a system package (e.g. aptitude, yum, pacman) or a mainstream
> installer. I wouldn't mess with compiling from scratch, much less
> getting source from github.
> 
> > How does rebar fit into this picture?
> 
> Rebar is emerging as the de facto standard for building Erlang
> projects. Most projects that use rebar also provide a Makefile, but I
> wouldn't worry about make files in your case. There are a few good
> "getting started" guides with rebar. I'd start with those.
> 
> > What does a development cycle look like using these tools?
> 
> The most basic work flow is to use an editor to modify your Erlang
> source files and then run your compilation ("rebar compile") in a
> separate shell. It gets more streamlined from there depending on the
> toolset.
> 
> Garrett
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