[erlang-questions] The quest for the perfect programming language for massive concurrency.

Zachary Kessin <>
Mon Feb 3 09:49:08 CET 2014

I tend to use Rebar, it works and I don't think it has ever taken me 
more than 5 minutes to setup rebar for a project.
(Generally I just copy my rebar config file from a different project). 
As for the paper you mentioned I will admit I am not
enough of an expert on make to comment on the issues it raises, or even 
if they are still true 15 years later.

Rebar is also not that cryptic, it is just a file with some erlang terms 
in it that define the build.


On 2/3/14, 10:26 AM, Bengt Kleberg wrote:
> These are opinions, not facts.
> The benefits of Make are mentioned below. Here is a look at a drawback:
> http://miller.emu.id.au/pmiller/books/rmch/
> (Recursive Make Considered Harmful)
> bengt
>   On Sun, 2014-02-02 at 21:56 +0200, Zachary Kessin wrote:
>>>       1. The tools are, well frankly, garbage. Sorry, in 2014 to be
>>>          pushed back to coding with VIM and makefiles is primitive.
>>>          Rebar is crytptic and just the pet project of a guy on GIT.
>>>          Compared to Gradle, Maven and even (though I don't care for
>>>          it much) SBT, rebar is ... lacking. I want to spend time
>>>          working on my business logic, not fighting tools. There are
>>>          plugins for eclipse and intellij but they have minimal
>>>          functionality and i keep reverting back to vim.
>> Actually the tools are quite good, you are just looking at the wrong
>> set of tools. Yes Make in one form or another has been around forever
>> (1977) but to my mind that means that it actually does the job well,
>> and has had all the weird bugs found and pushed out years ago. It is
>> quite good at doing the minimal amount of work that is required at any
>> given time and will use as many cores as you have around. Rebar has a
>> few weird issues but is generally pretty good.
>> Most of the hard core Erlang folks seem to use Emacs and many of the
>> tools are setup to work there.
>> That being said there are a group of tools that you probably haven't
>> even looked at that are quite powerful and are worth your time, these
>> include Dialyzer, Wrangler, PropEr or QuickCheck, and Concuerror.
>> If you define tools to be a fancy IDE then Erlang is lacking, but if
>> you define tools as stuff that helps you ship code then Erlang has
>> some amazing tools.
>> -- 
>> Zachary Kessin
>> Mostly Erlang Podcast
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