[erlang-questions] What problem are we trying to solve here? [was Erland users group [was re: languages in use? [was: Time for OTP to be Renamed?]]]
Richard A. O'Keefe
Mon Feb 17 03:07:48 CET 2014
On 17/02/2014, at 8:01 AM, Robert Virding wrote:
> This discussion of whether it is good or bad that Ericsson manages/releases Erlang often crops up.
For a comparison, I look at R. It's not owned by a business,
but it _is_ managed by a core of bright dedicated people who
keep on rolling out ever-better releases.
The one thing that they have that Erlang doesn't is a *large*
repository of 3rd-party libraries. Having a single place
to look for stuff (linked right off the main page) is good for
everyone. (There's a single place to *look*; there are mirrors
for *downloading*, which is as simple as
- fetch the latest descriptions
- download whatever needs downloading
- unpack whatever needs unpacking
- compile whatever support code needs compiling
- put everything where it can be found
- including documentation and examples.
When we can do something like
% erl -install cowboy
won't that be nice?
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