[erlang-questions] How to return all records in dets

Lloyd R. Prentice lloyd@REDACTED
Mon Jun 2 02:52:05 CEST 2014

Hi Evgeny,

I do agree with you wholeheartedly that a great deal of fine and hard work has gone into developing the Erlang docs as they stand. I'm deeply grateful for this. And I hope that my critique in no way diminishes the accomplishment or the folks who have put so much into it. 

I see the Erlang docs as a work-in-progress. And, at this point in my understanding of Erlang, I feel that the most constructive contribution I can make is to point out from the noobie perspective how they might be more helpful to a wider audience. How quickly we take for granted what was once a struggle to learn.

All the best,


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> On Jun 1, 2014, at 6:06 PM, Evgeny M <donpedrothird@REDACTED> wrote:
> My 2 cents as a more or less erlang noob on the documentation.
> Most of the docs on the standard modules is fine if you know basics about folds, maps, common data structures etc.
> Some of docs, like docs on dets/ets/mnesia selects and matches are vague and need more examples. I for one still not sure why foldl on a table, as Joe Armstrong suggested, is better than match or select. There are other commonly used modules and apps which would benefit from more examples too, the first things that come to my mind are inets and crypto infrastructure with public_key.
> The docs are not horrible, far from it, but having more examples would be really helpful.

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