[erlang-questions] Local namespaces in case/try

José Valim <>
Sun Jul 15 12:30:01 CEST 2012

> - Even if funs/comprehensions behave differently from the rest their
> behaviour is quite logical within the erlang context. For a fun to *export*
> a variable would be completely crazy as it is defined in one place and
> executed in another; where and when would you see the exported value?

Agreed. Languages like python and ruby change the context of where the
function/lambda is defined, which introduces race conditions when the
function is run in a thread. This is actually one of the ways such
languages use to communicate between threads, *shrugs*.

> For a comprehension which value of a variable should you see?

Agreed as well, I wouldn't expect comprehensions to set a variable in the
outer context. To add to your puzzle, if the list is empty, what is the
value of the variable?
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