Happy New Year and continued Erlang Hacking

martin j logan <>
Tue Dec 31 19:01:17 CET 2002

A few proficient programmers ARE beginning to find the Erlang stance
persuasive and the opposition IS beginning to mount. The "religious"
implications of the new paradigm are being realized by pharisees of the
OOld orthodoxy. It elicits intense, "fiery", attacks but the realization
of stark and singular superiority of the new paradigm will carry us
forward. The erlang renaissance is afoot have faith in that:)

Press on Copernicans and Happy new year,

On Tue, 2002-12-31 at 11:14, Ulf Wiger wrote:
> Fellow Erlangers,
> The other day, I checked the erlang.org statistics, and
> could observe that Erlang/OTP R9B has been downloaded nearly
> 10,000 times already. November 2002 seems to have been the
> most active month ever. This is good news indeed. (:
> This is my 10th Erlang anniversary. I came across Erlang at
> the Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm in 1992, as
> Bjarne Däcker and Robert Virding taught "Computers in
> Telephony Systems" there. It was love (for Erlang) at first
> sight, and I`ve been lucky enough to have been able to
> devote most of my time at work to Erlang since then (at
> least since 1996, when I joined Ericsson.)
> I want to wish you all a Happy New Year and good luck with
> your continued Erlang programming. The increasing strength
> of the Erlang community suggests that there will be even
> more opportunities to work with Erlang in the coming years.
> For those who struggle to get acceptance from their peers
> because of their strange inclination towards an odd
> programming tool from the North, I want to finish with a
> quote from an amazing book that I`m currently reading --
> about someone who wasn`t appreciated in his lifetime either.
> "Born in Poland and educated in Italy, Copernicus lived
> during the height of the Renaissance. Though it was destined
> to become an unquestioned principle of existence for the
> modern psyche, the central tenet of his vision [that the
> Earth moves around the Sun] was inconceivable to most
> Europeans in his own lifetime. More than any single factor,
> it was the Copernican insight that provoked and symbolized
> the drastic, fundamental break from the ancient and medieval
> universe to that of the modern era. [...] Yet, throughout
> most of his life, Copernicus held back from full publication
> of his extraordinary idea.  (Later, in his preface to the
> _De Revolutionibus_, dedicated to the pope, Copernicus
> confessed his reluctance to reveal publicly his insight into
> nature`s mysteries lest it be scorned by the uninitiated --
> invoking the Pythagorean practice of strict secrecy in such
> matters.)  [...] On the last day of his life, in the year
> 1543, a copy of the published work was brought to
> Copernicus.
>   But on that day, and even during the following several
> decades, there was little indication in Europe that an
> unprecedented revolution in the Western world view had been
> initiated.  For most who heard of it, the new conception was
> so contradictory to everyday experience, so patently false,
> as to not require serious discussion. But as a few
> proficient astronomers began to find Copernicus`s argument
> persuasive, the opposition began to mount; and it was the
> religious implications of the new cosmology that quickly
> provoked the most intense attacks."
> (From "The passion of the Western mind", (c) 1991, Richard
> Tarnas, published by Ballantines Books, ISBN:
> 0-345-36089-6. )
> /Uffe
> -- 
> Ulf Wiger, Senior Specialist,
>    / / /   Architecture & Design of Carrier-Class Software
>   / / /    Strategic Product & System Management
>  / / /     Ericsson Telecom AB, ATM Multiservice Networks

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