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Erlang on the Tipping Point? 2 April 2008

Posted by Oliver Mason in erlang.

Yariv wants to rename the Erlang web framework ErlyWeb to ‘Erlang on Rails’, as he believes Erlang is on the tipping point, and such a name change would swing more programmers towards adopting Erlang. Mmmh, I should have read the comments rather than just the article via RSS: it appears to be an April Fool. But that doesn’t change the original point of this post.

While that might be a good thing to do (April Fool or not), for me the more important move would be to unify/restructure the various libraries and their documentation. I find it still tricky to find details about some functionality because I don’t remember whether it’s in stdlib or kernel, and the web-based documentation browser makes it very hard to navigate. It also seems to be rather random to the average programmer without too much insight into the underlying implementation details.

But otherwise I agree with him, in that I too think Erlang might be going somewhere. I will definitely stick with it, and hope for the best that the libraries will sort themselves out. Though I’m not too hopeful because of backwards compatibility issues…



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