[erlang-questions] Use of makefiles

Toby Thain toby@REDACTED
Tue Mar 4 18:42:23 CET 2008

On 4-Mar-08, at 11:11 AM, James Hague wrote:

> 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."

ORLY? I'd rather declare my deps in a Makefile than write *and debug*  
a Perl topological sort one-liner.


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