[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 18:18:57 CET 2014

Loïc Hoguin wrote:
> On 02/18/2014 04:47 PM, Garrett Smith wrote:
>> emerged as a de facto standard (i.e. actually *used* by people)
> This is what makes these package manager discussions so odd. People 
> keep talking about technical choices and how the perfect package 
> manager they have wet dreams about so often would look like, and 
> nobody asks the questions that matter: how do people deal with 
> dependencies today? How can we improve the workflow? Do packages need 
> to be separate (meaning you need to convince people to maintain them, 
> how?) or can the library authors do it? How do you convince library 
> authors to agree to it? Is their investment in this worth the reward?
> It doesn't matter what the technical solutions are until we have a 
> clearer idea of what people want and would be willing to use. All 
> package manager projects are bound to fail until these questions are 
> answered.

Really good points.  One nice thing about Erlang packages - we're 
talking about a single language and run-time environment, not upstream 
code that has to be packaged for every linux distribution under the sun.

In theory, there is no difference between theory and practice.
In practice, there is.   .... Yogi Berra

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