FAQ terminology harmonisation
Tue Apr 1 09:03:03 CEST 2003
Matthias Lang <matthias@REDACTED> writes:
> behaviour: interface. In R9B-2, the directive '-public(gen_server).'
> is a synonym for '-behaviour'. In R10, the -behaviour
> directive will elicit a warning. By R11 an error.
> list: array. Everyone knows what an array is.
> Any further suggestions?
Actually, we think that Erlang being a functional language have
scared too many programmers, so we plan some radical changes.
The most significant change is that using the thread dictionary
(formerly known as the "process dictionary"), will no longer be
considered bad style.
To make the thread dictionary easier to use, we will add syntactic
var := Expr
is syntactic sugar for
and in any expression
is syntantic sugar for
Although the ':=' is borrowed from Pascal rather than C, we still
think that C programmers will pick it up easily enough. Many C programmers
have used Turbo Pascal in the past.
put/2 and get/1 (or the syntatic sugar versions) will also be allowed
to be used in guards to extend the power of pattern matching.
We will of course also change the setelement/3 BIF to do a destructive
assignment. The syntactic sugar version will be
array@REDACTED := Expr
The changes will be implemented in the R9D release, planned to be
released April 01, 2004.
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