[erlang-questions] Use of makefiles

James Hague james.hague@REDACTED
Tue Mar 4 17:11:22 CET 2008

On Sat, Mar 1, 2008 at 8:41 PM, Steve Vinoski <vinoski@REDACTED> wrote:
>  Hi Joe, I agree with you 100%. Give me emacs (with its vast emacs-lisp
>  extensibility), bash (or ksh), and various UNIX command-line tools,
>  which I can combine as I wish using pipes, and keep the visual tools
>  out of my way (and out of my RAM).

I think this discussion has been misinterpreted :)  No one is arguing
for IDE-like features over makefiles.

I have found that I don't need makefiles for my Erlang projects.  I
either recompile the same module repeatedly or I want to rebuild
everything.  The former is business as usual.  The latter is easily
done with a shell script, Perl script, or short Erlang program.  I use
makefiles infrequently enough that I always forget the syntax and
nuances of using them.  But I can bang out a Perl program that does
the same thing--even checking file modification dates and so on--in
very little time.  It's more flexible than using a makefile, too, and
usually ends up being less "code."

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