A Joeish Erlang distribution
Vlad Dumitrescu (EAW)
Fri Jan 31 10:51:18 CET 2003
> In my case I embraced Erlang because the OTP was built using it.
> I wasn't looking for a cool new language that I'd be the only one
> on my block who knew.(*) I was looking to manage all the problems
> that come with building a telecom system. OTP may not be perfect
> but until you're ready to build a better one you should be using
I think there are two kinds of potential new users: those working
with telecom (who actually need OTP) and those who don't (who might
be "scared" by OTP).
*IF* there will be a modularization of Erlang/OTP, I think it will
be worth considering to "split" the marketing message:
- Erlang -- the cool COPL that will let you do all this wonderous
stuff and never crashes.
- OTP -- the super-duper telecom framework, which happens to be
implemented in Erlang. (*)
- ... -- I can think even of an "Internet Platform" that will
promote that aspect (a better name is needed).
I think this will not alienate any of the two categories mentioned.
(*) I thing gen_server and gen_fsm, for example, are general enough
concepts to not belong to OTP.
When I learned about Erlang, I belonged to "those who don't" and it
wasn't really a problem just to ignore all the OTP stuff at first.
But it took a while to gather the courage to dig into Erlang, and
when it comes to OTP I didn't really get the hang of it until I
attended the course.
There is a lot more to babble about, but I won't bore you with it :-)
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