[erlang-questions] ML shaped language for the Erlang VM
Richard A. O'Keefe
Thu Jun 30 06:14:18 CEST 2016
On 29/06/16 10:31 PM, Anthony Ramine wrote:
> I'm sorry for the documentation pain you encountered by not having the
> documentation for the cerl module.
> Unfortunately the OTP team decided it was more important to not have
> utilitarian modules listed first in the documentation, rather than
> having documentation at all.
Thank you for that link, which puzzles me mightily.
It seems to me obvious that there are three intrinsically
- exposition order: the order in which a beginner needs to read
a series of documents
- reference frequency order: the order which puts the most
often needed documents at the top and the least often needed
documents at the bottom
- alphabetic order: the dictionary order of the names of things.
Anyone else remember the two-dimensional table of contents for
"An Informal Introduction to Algol 68"? How about the textbooks
with a reading-order digraph at the beginning?
Of these three orders (not that these are the only three) the *least*
important one is alphabetic order. You cannot use it unless you already
know the name of the thing you are looking for.
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