[erlang-questions] hobbyists, erlang, elixir (was Improve $handle_undefined_function)
Wed Jan 23 00:41:24 CET 2013
Evan Miller wrote:
> I worry that Erlang is missing out on a lot of potential developer
> talent because the platform's benefits tend to be back-loaded: it's
> great for the big-scale stuff, but it can be painful for a newcomer
> just tinkering around and seeing if stuff works. A hobbyist has to be
> both extremely tenacious and perhaps delusional to stick with Erlang
> long enough to realize the platform's benefits.
I agree that there are a lot of people who could benefit from Erlang,
and who don't participate because they think it's only for huge systems.
I'm having fun, but will admit that I could get a lot of things done
faster in other languages.
Is the answer Elixir? It might be. I'm certainly considering
'translating' Introducing Erlang. I don't think a simple translation
would be hard, though I suspect I'd have to restructure a fair amount.
One way or another, it's not hard to imagine a world of people getting
Erlang's benefits if we can make it seem friendlier. There's little
reason for Erlang to be the preserve only of people who write huge systems.
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