[TUHS] man Macro Package and pdfmark

Rich Morin rdm at cfcl.com
Fri Feb 21 03:48:58 AEST 2020

FWIW, I've been enjoying Elixir a lot for the past few years.  It's an Actor-based, dynamically typed, FP language that runs on the Erlang VM.  It has Rubyish syntax, pattern matching, syntactic macros, lightweight processes, a message-passing framework, supervision trees, and other cool stuff.

I will note, however, that Elixir programming tends to be rather different from the stuff I've been doing for the past 50 years.  For example, processing pipelines tend to replace sets of nested loops...


> On Feb 20, 2020, at 09:24, Bakul Shah <bakul at bitblocks.com> wrote:
> On Thu, 20 Feb 2020 08:23:08 -0800 Larry McVoy <lm at mcvoy.com> wrote:
>>    Think of it this way: threads are like salt, not like pasta. You
>>    like salt, I like salt, we all like salt. But we eat more pasta.
> Go is quite salty! Erlang even more so.
>>    A computer is a state machine. Threads are for people who can't
>>    program state machines.
> I have written both event based (state machine) and thread
> based programs.  Each style has its pros and cons. Control
> flow is cleaner in threads but managing shared state is
> trickier.  In state machines managing state is easier but
> control flow is a pain.  Not to mention state machine don't
> benefit from multiple h/w threads.

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