[erlang-questions] LFE - Lisp Flavoured Erlang released

Torbjorn Tornkvist tobbe@REDACTED
Mon Mar 10 22:11:48 CET 2008

Perhaps a stupid question. Do LFE implement currying?
If not, why?

I want currying... :-)


Robert Virding wrote:
> I have finally released LFE, Lisp Flavoured Erlang, which is a lisp
> syntax front-end to the Erlang compiler. Code produced with it is
> compatible with "normal" Erlang code. The is an LFE-mode for Emacs and
> the lfe-mode.el file is include in the distribution. Most things seem to
> work but some things have not been done yet:
> - The interpreter does handle recursive letrecs, binaries, receive or try.
> - There is no lisp shell.
> - Documentation!
> Yet. The system will be updated as new features are added. This is the
> 1st release so there is much left to do.
> I have include the existing documentation lfe_guide.txt in this mail.
> There are a number of LFE test files and a version of the LFE
> interpreter written in LFE as examples of code. There are also a number
> of issues which need to be decided for the next version and I have
> included a file lfe_issues.txt which describe them in this mail. Both
> files are in the distribution.
> Note that while this this lisp has been inspired by Scheme (one of the
> issues) it is a NOT Scheme, it is Erlang with a lisp syntax and many
> nice lisp features. Not for that matter is it Common Lisp. In fact
> features of the Erlang engine mean that it is actually impossible to
> implement full Scheme of CL. No, they shouldn't be changed or added.
> It was quite writing Erlang code in lisp and I could easily consider
> using a lisp syntax for Erlang. I suppose it depends where your
> preferences lye. It was also easy to get into the traditional lisp habit
> of using long names for everything which I personally think is not a
> Good Thing. Perhaps we should do AFE, Arc Flavoured Erlang, instead?
> Although I think they have gone too far and missed what makes programs
> easy to read.
> Macros are very nice, and it is easy to generate LFE code, which is one
> of the benefits of lisp syntax.
> LFE also shows that it would probably be possible to write other
> front-ends inspired by other languages, though why anyone should want to
> I don't know. Perhaps back to a real Prolog syntax again.
> The system can be found in the "User Contributions" section at
> trapexit.org <http://trapexit.org>,
> http://forum.trapexit.org/viewtopic.php?p=40268#40268.

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