[erlang-questions] hobbyists, erlang, elixir (was Improve $handle_undefined_function)

Simon St.Laurent simonstl@REDACTED
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.

Simon St.Laurent

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