[erlang-questions] Pmods, packages, Unicode source code and column numbers in compiler - what will happen in R16?

Robert Virding <>
Fri Oct 19 12:58:59 CEST 2012


----- Original Message -----
> From: "Devin Torres" <>
> Sent: Thursday, 18 October, 2012 5:40:15 PM
> 
> On Thu, Oct 18, 2012 at 3:45 AM, Loïc Hoguin <>
> wrote:
> > Cowboy doesn't use undocumented features. That's one of the biggest
> > Cowboy
> > claim. It protects both the project and its users from bad
> > surprises.
> 
> Missing the point, but okay. The point is: not removing the feature
> affects nobody different today. You can continue to ignore it forever
> and it will never make a difference to your daily life. Removing the
> feature adversely affects some.
> 
> Instead of removing features, why don't we let the OTP team focus on
> adding features that will make the lives of everyday Erlang
> programmers better? Like frames. :)

If you don't remove unused/experimental features then your language will slowly accumulate crud and eventually become a right mess of "features". I haven't got quite as far as removing something every time you add something but close. I think the problem is that people seem to misunderstand the meaning of "experimental" and expect them to remain even if the experiment fails.

Robert



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