[erlang-questions] stuck at a exercise

Leonard Boyce leonard.boyce@REDACTED
Mon Jan 26 15:24:32 CET 2015

Hi Roelof,

Welcome to Erlang.

On Mon, Jan 26, 2015 at 9:09 AM, Roelof Wobben <r.wobben@REDACTED> wrote:
> Hello,
> At a book im following with self-study I have to do this exercise :
> Write a module boolean.erlthat takes logical expressions and Boolean values
> (represented as the atoms  trueand  false) and returns their Boolean result.
> The functions
> you write should include b_not/1, b_and/2, b_or/2, and b_nand/2. You should
> not use
> the logical constructs  and,  or, and  not, but instead use pattern matching
> to achieve your
> goal.
> So I tried the first clause and came with this :
> -module(boolean).
> -export([boolean/1]).
> b_not({true}) ->
>   false.
> But as soon as I compile it I see these error messages :
> boolean.erl:3: function boolean/1 undefined
> boolean.erl:5: Warning: function b_not/1 is unused
> How to solve these ?

I'm sure to get some hate for this, but I often find it easiest to
explain in imperative programming terms to people new to the language;

module == class
public methods go in -exports([])
private methods are not exported and are only callable from within the
module itself

In your case you'd want to export the function b_not/1

Which would be callable as boolean:b_not(X)

You do not export the module name, only functions you want to be callable.


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