Now that you know how to get started, let’s take a look at what Erlang.mk can do for you.
Erlang.mk is first and foremost a build tool. It is especially tailored for Erlang developers and follows widely accepted practices in the Erlang community.
Erlang.mk embraces the concept of source dependencies. It can fetch dependency source code using a variety of mechanisms, including fetching from Git, Mercurial or SVN.
Erlang.mk comes with a built-in package index. It is built as an extension of the dependency system and is meant to be used for discovery purposes.
No package is ever installed, they are only used as dependencies and are always project-specific. They can be thought of as a shortcut over plain dependencies.
You can get a list of all packages known to Erlang.mk by using
$ make search
You can also use this target to search across all packages, for example to find all packages related to Cowboy:
$ make search q=cowboy
Erlang.mk supports EDoc and Asciidoc.
EDoc generates HTML documentation directly from your source code.
While it is convenient, ask yourself: if all the documentation is inside the source code, why not just open the source code directly? That’s where Asciidoc comes in.
The Asciidoc plugin expects all documentation to be separate from source. It will generate HTML, PDF, man pages and more from the documentation you write in the doc/src/ folder in your repository.
Erlang.mk supports a lot of different testing and static analysis tools.
The make shell command allows you to test your project manually. You can automate these unit tests with EUnit and test your entire system with Common Test. Code coverage can of course be enabled during tests.
Erlang.mk comes with features to make your life easier when setting up and using Continuous integration.