Collateral Damage

Onorio Catenacci onorio.catenacci.3@REDACTED
Mon Apr 25 16:29:16 CEST 2022

Hi all,

If you don't like the proposal, that's your privilege.  I see no reason to
bash on Elixir due to your dislike of this particular proposal though.  I
do believe (and I'm sure I will be corrected if I'm wrong) that Elixir has
had a few positive contributions to Erlang and, of course, Elixir couldn't
exist without Erlang.  Erlang and Elixir can both be great languages on the
BEAM and can both prosper without either of them bad-mouthing the other.

I don't hear people running down LFE or Gleam--but I don't think either of
those languages has achieved the success that Elixir has either so I guess
that makes some sense.

I can certainly understand the passion that people feel about Erlang and I
can certainly understand being disappointed in seeing a great language sort
of bypassed by something that some could consider a shiny-new-object of a
language but I don't think that's a fair assessment.

I don't see Erlang vs. Elixir as a zero-sum game and I think it's a pity
that so many people who are contributing a lot of otherwise good,
insightful commentary seem to feel that's the situation. I really think
there's room for both to grow and thrive.  And thank goodness people are
starting to recognize the importance of having a good language/RT to
building scalable systems.

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