[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?]]]

Miles Fidelman <>
Tue Feb 18 02:01:44 CET 2014


Anthony Ramine wrote:
> My own opinion is that any Erlang package manager relying on GitHub for whatever more than hosting a simple Git repository is doomed to fail. Feel free to disprove me through making one.
>
> Companies make money around Erlang, if they want such a thing, money will need to be thrown at it for the infrastructure, there is just no way around it. If an index should be, the applications going into the main one are going to need some level of validation, otherwise it’s just a garbage bin which language zealots will use to tell the world we have 66,000 packages available.
>
> Validation means testing, continuous integration and all that entails. GitHub will not help you here.
>

One observation: Seems to me that the more successful repositories (e.g. 
CPAN, Debian) are mirrors, supported by multiple organizations.  Might 
be a model to emulate.  Main site at Erlang solutions, multiple mirrors?

One other thought: Maybe the OSU Open Source Lab might provide some 
infrastructure - they seem to host an awful lot of serious codebases.  I 
expect they might have some experience and ideas to offer.

Miles Fidelman

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