[erlang-questions] erlang sucks

Ulf Wiger ulf@REDACTED
Tue Mar 11 09:11:15 CET 2008

2008/3/11, Michael T. Richter <ttmrichter@REDACTED>:
> On Tue, 2008-03-11 at 13:40 +1300, Richard A. O'Keefe wrote:
> However, sometimes giving a whining child a lollipop is a rational
> thing to do.
> Way to dismiss valid complaints with an insulting backhand.
> And then people wonder why it is technical types have a reputation for
> having no social skills.

Just like someone saying "kill two birds with one stone" most likely doesn't
mean it literally, I would wager that mr ROK did not literally refer to
Damien as a whining child - not least because he is not literally offering a

Thus, it's surely to be read as a metaphor - not an insult.
I would have been more offended by the depiction "Mr Erlang Sucks". (:

IOW many complain about various quirks in Erlang, as well as the apparent
lack of efficient (at the very least familiar) string handling support. We
can choose to dismiss the complaints as secondary (which may or may not be
true, depending on context), or address the specific issues. I am quite sure
I read ROK's post as suggesting the latter, as he suggests fixing the
deliminator issue, and puts in a vote for a unicode-capable string type.

Ulf W
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