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From Paul Davis <>
Subject Re: Elixir
Date Wed, 07 Mar 2012 06:48:56 GMT

I spent a few hours with it as well over the weekend wondering if I'd
fall in love and try rewriting core parts of CouchDB with it. There
are a number of good bits to Elixir that I liked. Its the first time I
saw an explanation of the Lispy quote/unqoute stuff that made me
understand what was going on but I ended up with the same general
response as Mahesh.

I will be keeping an eye on it for awhile to see what comes of it but
for the time being, I agree, "Why?" is a good description of my
feeling. The docs and code I read and played with gave me an uncanny
valley feeling for writing things in Erlang. Ie, "I understand how
this translates to Erlang and I can't justify not just writing the
Erlang and removing the added complexity of Elixir".

* Historical foot note for Bob Dionne, Elixir is the first Lisp
dialect that made me reconsider if all those parens really are that
silly... Well no. But maybe they had a decent idea or two in there

On Tue, Mar 6, 2012 at 5:52 PM, Mahesh Paolini-Subramanya
<> wrote:
> I spent a (somewhat painful) weekend messing around with it - it basically
> reads like a bit of an unholy cross of Javascript, Ruby, and erlang.  The
> "somewhat painful" bit is that both JS and Ruby give me hives (not as much
> as Java, but I 've suffered through *that* since 95).  Anyhow, the pseudo-OO
> nature is ok, if you like that sort of thing, and the 'language
> simplification" kinda sorta works, but I was basically left with an
> overwhelming feeling of "why?".
> There does seem to be an awful lot of "Make XXX work like Ruby" going on
> out there :-)
> Again, I'm a perl/erlang guy, so take *all* the above with a huge pinch of
> salt...
> cheers
> Mahesh Paolini-Subramanya
> Vocalocity - Powering Small Business
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>  |
> On Mar 2, 2012, at 2:15 PM, Noah Slater wrote:
> Yo,
> What do peeps make of this:
> Thanks,
> N

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