[erlang-questions] arity part of function name and variadic functions

Robert Virding rvirding@REDACTED
Mon Feb 23 21:38:46 CET 2009

2009/2/22 Richard Carlsson <richardc@REDACTED>

> Peter Michaux wrote:
> > Were they concisely chosen to help the programmer in some way, were
> > they to make implementation easier or more efficient, or did they just
> > happen somewhere along the way?
> In all likelihood they happened because that is how predicates work
> in Prolog, just like most of Erlang's lexical conventions were taken
> from Prolog. (The first experiments with Erlang were implemented on
> top of Prolog.)

Yes, that is exactly what happened, it was "inherited" from Prolog. Along
with a lot of things apart from the syntax.

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