[erlang-questions] packages (was: newbie: why c.erl is special?)

Richard A. O'Keefe ok@REDACTED
Thu Mar 6 23:03:23 CET 2008

On 6 Mar 2008, at 9:59 pm, Lövei László wrote:

> Richard A. O'Keefe wrote:
>>> On Wed, Mar 05, 2008 at 12:21:30PM -0600, David Mercer wrote:
>>> }  If this is what everyone seems to want, why hasn't the package
>>> notation
>>> }  caught on?
>> But *is* it what everyone wants?
> It seems to me (after reading the list archive) that everyone wants
> this, only some people want even more.\

Let me offer an analogy:
   people want yummy food.
   they are offered seafloor ooze (which some organisms flourish on).
   I complain that I want real human food.
   It is suggested that people really want seafloor ooze, but some  
people want more.

I say that the dotted package names not only don't solve most of our  
they entrench problematic practice (package prefix = directory) and  
would make
it much harder to provide a good solution later.

In the mean time, life could get a lot simpler for people if they  
realised that .erl files
don't have to be the very beginning of the build process (hint hint).

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