[erlang-questions] Elixir vs. Erlang

Lee Sylvester lee.sylvester@REDACTED
Sun Apr 24 07:47:37 CEST 2016

These are all good points.  Erlang is a "better" syntax, imho, but then I
didn't come from Ruby.  I love records and find your point in that regard
valid.  The rope hanging issue is developer dependent, though, I feel.

I will say, that having Ruby developers in the office, I'm more likely to
get BEAM used in a project thanks to Elixir.

On Sun, Apr 24, 2016 at 5:32 PM, Metin Akat <akat.metin@REDACTED> wrote:

> I've been writing Erlang exclusively for more than 5 years now so my
> opinion is certainly biased, but here are my 2 cents.
> Advantages over Erlang (sorted by importance to me):
> * Ability to define modules with code, instead of with new files
> * The meta-programming capabilities
> Disadvantages compared to Erlang (again, sorted by importance to me):
> * Elixir strongly discourages the use of records. I know records are
> controversial, but they are "the right choice"  for me in lots of
> situations. They are faster; they get verified during compile time and as a
> result editors can display errors while you are typing the code.
> * Elixir gives you enough rope to hang yourself with its modules, imports
> and aliasing capabilities. They are good ideas per se, but because of these
> things I find it more difficult to read Elixir code than it is to read
> Erlang code. On the other hand, Erlang is harder to type, but much easier
> to read and understand. I tend to prefer the Erlang way.
> * Elixir will always lag behind with new functionality when new Erlang
> versions get released. This is normal and usually not a big deal, but
> certainly a thing to be aware of.
> Metin
> On Sat, Apr 23, 2016 at 11:42 PM, Lee Sylvester <lee.sylvester@REDACTED>
> wrote:
>> I love Elixir, but I love Erlang, too.  In my opinion, there's little
>> enough to justify the change in language, and certainly little enough in
>> the capabilities to even justify giving it thought.  The only reason I
>> choose Elixir over Erlang for much of my work is that I prefer mix to Rebar
>> and I like the macro capabilities of Elixir.
>> My 5 cents.
>> Lee
>> On Sun, Apr 24, 2016 at 8:39 AM, Onorio Catenacci <Catenacci@REDACTED>
>> wrote:
>>> Hi Andrew,
>>> I'm not sure why you bother to announce that you're picking Erlang over
>>> Elixir?  I don't know why you feel the need to make an announcement but it
>>> sounds as if you're looking for others to confirm you've made the right
>>> choice. Only you can know what the right choice is in your situation.
>>> I don't see Elixir vs Erlang as a zero-sum game.  I think it's a shame
>>> some developers think of it as a either/or choice.
>>> --
>>> Onorio
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