[erlang-questions] Why do "interface to language X" projects all seem to die out?

Serge Aleynikov <>
Thu Sep 1 00:17:26 CEST 2016

Here's another C++/Erlang interface that has some on-going activity:


As I see it if the author is involved in some work that uses such project,
the project is alive, otherwise the community is not that large to get
involved and learn new APIs.

On Wed, Aug 31, 2016 at 10:18 AM, Matthias Lang <>

> Hi,
> Pretty much all of the "not built in to OTP" ways to connect to other
> languages seem to have died, i.e.
>    - EPI (C++). Last commit 2009.
>    - py_interface (Python). Last commit 2014. Freshest of the lot.
>    - edtk (C). Last release 2007.
>    - dryverl (C). Last release 2008.
>    - erlua (Lua). Project page dead. Author's email is dead.
>    - erlualib (last commit 2010). Github-linked company page dead.
> Can anyone offer some experiences or ideas why?
> Could it be that these types of solutions are rarely needed? Maybe
> NIFs are unbeatable for the "narrow interface, no state, high
> performance" cases and port programs with hand-rolled interfaces most
> of the rest.
> Matt
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