[erlang-questions] Getting rid of the preprocessor

Vlad Dumitrescu <>
Fri May 25 11:23:46 CEST 2012


On Fri, May 25, 2012 at 9:31 AM, Ulf Wiger <> wrote:
>
> On 25 May 2012, at 09:12, Vlad Dumitrescu wrote:
>> The displaying of fancy colors in the editor is not the important
>> issue. An IDE needs to know as much detail as possible about the code,
>
> Still, compared to ErlIDE/Eclipse, this tool had pretty shallow
> ambitions as regards actually understanding what the code did.
> But just having that level of cross-linking was a great benefit.
> Somewhere, there is a cost-benefit threshold, where reaching for
> more sophistication simply doesn't pay off.

Hi Ulf,

I think one issue with using Eclipse is that many of the users are
coming from using Eclipse with Java or C, where the code
cross-referencing works fully. If we have apparently the same
functionality, but it doesn't really finds everything for one reason
or another, then people are getting confused. They could even hack
happily ahead, unaware of the problems they left behind. There is not
much one can do about that, but try to cover as much ground as
possible and put a warning in the docs (should anyone read them).

regards,
Vlad



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