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Something that looks and operates a little bit like an ML on the Erlang VM with:

The above is still a very rough and incomplete set of wishes. In future it might be nice to have dialyzer check the type coming back from the FFI and suggest possible union types if there isn't an appropriate one in scope.

Example module

module simple_example

-- a basic top-level function:
let add2 x = x + 2

let something_with_let_bindings x =
  -- a function:
  let adder a b = a + b in
  -- a variable (immutable):
  let x_plus_2 = adder x 2 in
  add2 x

-- a polymorphic ADT:
type messages 'x = 'x | Fetch pid 'x

{- A function that can be spawned to receive `messages int`
    messages, that increments its state by received integers
    and can be queried for its state.
-}
let will_be_a_process x = receive with
    i -> will_be_a_process (x + i)
  | Fetch sender ->
    let sent = send x sender in
    will_be_a_process x

let start_a_process init = spawn will_be_a_process init


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Last modified 30 May 2024