[erlang-questions] erlang sucks

Thomas Lindgren thomasl_erlang@REDACTED
Wed Mar 12 13:19:10 CET 2008

--- Robert Virding <rvirding@REDACTED> wrote:

> On 11/03/2008, Mats Cronqvist
> <mats.cronqvist@REDACTED> wrote:
> >
> >
> >
> >   i remain convinced that 'if' is worthless and
> does nothing but add to
> > the bloat.
> It would actually be possible to extend 'if' to
> allow non-guard tests and
> user defined boolean functions in the test. Like in
> lisp.

We even have a keyword waiting for this: cond. On
consideration, I think I'd prefer instead generalizing
guards into deep guards (ie, at the very least,
user-defined calls available) everywhere.

An arbitrary call exiting in a guard would have to
convert to failure, just as guards work today. I'd
also suggest turning off side-effects while inside a
guard (even deep down in function calls), converting
attempted side-effects into exits.

(I guess the modest proposal above ought to be an EEP


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