Learning Erlang for Web Development

Jimmie Houchin <>
Fri Jul 14 23:53:23 CEST 2000


Hello,

I am exploring my options for web development. Erlang and Eddie look
like a tremendous foundation for building websites. They look like a
great foundation for building a web app server or toolkit like Zope or
ACS.

A few questions.

I do not have a back ground in computer science or mathematics. I have
been studying various programming languages for several years. So I have
at least a certain level of programming knowledge.

Most of the languages I've studied are C++ (very little), Java, Python.
I've not used any Functional Languages. I've have a copy of SICP ready
to read if necessary. I will read at some point regardless.

Will not having a background in math be a problem in learning Erlang for
web development? I might have other projects, but none are math related,
per se.

I have read 'Getting Started' and a portion of the Mnesia pdf. So far
nothing I've seen gives me any problems. However, browsing
comp.lang.functional and seeing all this stuff about monads, etc.
prompted this post.

If my background (or lack thereof) does not pose a problem, what books
or other materials would be recommended for learning either Erlang or
Functional Programming for understanding Erlang? In particular materials
not a part of the documentation of Erlang. There seems to be a wonderful
amount of documentation available.

Thanks for any help you can provide.

Jimmie Houchin



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