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Usability Update: IErlang Notebook (a la IPython)

Updated project source for IErlang makes it easier to use

Back in April, the Erlang community was stunned to hear that we had been given an answer to IPython, IHaskell, and IJulia – IErlang. However, as Robbie noted in the list of outstanding issues at the end of the IErlang demo notebook, not a lot of time had been set aside to develop a more standard project structure. Furthermore, the setup and installation of IErlang to get to the point where you could try it out was a rather arduous process. All of that has now changed …


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Duncan McGreggor | December 6, 2014 | Tags : erlang tools web shells


ErlPort and Python Part II: Making More Calls from LFE

Part II of an Introduction to ErlPort with LFE

A short while ago, I did a teaser post about calling Python from LFE. There was only a tiny bit of code… but! It came with one of the best Erlang/Python pictures EVAR. You know which one I'm talking about.


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Duncan McGreggor | December 3, 2014 | Tags : howtos docs erlport python interop lfe code libraries lisp python 3 tools tutorials


Community Generated Content

Readers, submit your PRs for blog posts!

As was just mentioned on the Lisp Flavoured Erlang mail list, this blog is explicitly powered by users from the community sharing their stories, ideas, tutorials, manifestos, sonnets, and novellas about LFE and, in fact, any Lisp running on the Erlang VM.


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Duncan McGreggor | December 3, 2014 | Tags : blog community


ErlPort: Using Python from Erlang/LFE

A Quick Introduction to ErlPort via LFE

This post was originally featured on cogitat.io and is being reblogged here as an experiment. This repost is an adventure into GitHub pages as a blogging platform for code-heavy posts. For year, I have found Google's blogger.com cumbersome as a medium for sharing code. The burden has finally grown too great. It makes sense to use the same platform to share the prose description of code as that which shares the code itself (i.e., repositories and README files). I can only imagine this will be much less painful than creating gist code snippets and tweaking them in blogger. As a bonus, code should now appear in RSS/Atom feeds :-)


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Duncan McGreggor | November 21, 2014 | Tags : howtos docs erlport python interop lfe code ports jinterface clojure java libraries lisp python 3 tools reblog quick-starts


lfetool v1.2 Is Out!

Notes on the latest interim release of lfetool


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Duncan McGreggor | August 31, 2014 | Tags : releases updates


Erlang @ OSCON 2014

Updates from the conference ground zero

Even though there's no Erlang-specific booth (or a booth by an Erlang company), the Erlang OSCON presence has been palpable, albeit in a small-town, gentle way.


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Duncan McGreggor | July 23, 2014 | Tags : conferences social portland oregon community


LFE Language Summit Review

A report on how the first LFE language 'summit' went

Erlang Factory was very kind to assist Robert Virding in setting up the first "language summit" for LFE here at Erlang User Conference in Stockholm. (We use the term "summit" playfully, since it's a very unofficial affair within a small developer community.)


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Duncan McGreggor | June 10, 2014 | Tags : conferences euc summits updates language


The Secret History of LFE

A post to the mail list too good to just keep there :-)

When asked recently about the history of LFE on the LFE mail list, Robert replied with some nice information that we couldn't resist highlighting/duplicating here:


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Duncan McGreggor | May 28, 2014 | Tags : history discussion


LFE User Group Meeting: Update

We now have a date and time for the User Group meeting in Stockholm!

As you may have heard, we'll be hosting LFE's first "Language Summit" at the Erlang User Conference this year in Stockholm. Keep in mind that when we say "Language Summit", we are using the time-honored tongue-in-cheek method of making self-deprecatory remarks.


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Duncan McGreggor | May 25, 2014 | Tags : news user groups meetups conferences summits


Docs Update: History of Erlang Added

Updated the docs site with a new 'History' section.

For a full understanding of one's field, a thorough knowledge of that field's origins of that field and its tools is necessary. To encourage a deeper understanding of Lisp, Erlang, and LFE we have added a new section on the docs site main page:


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Duncan McGreggor | May 25, 2014 | Tags : history erlang docs