Erlang for web-developers

Dmitrii Dimandt <>
Tue Aug 29 17:59:45 CEST 2006


Well, to add this to the mix:

Erlang is actually not suited very well for anything, but, well, telecom
applications :)

Despite Yaws, it cannot be used as a web-development tool right out of the
box (Unicode, indexed search anyone)
Despite C- and Java- bindings, Erlang cannot be used for desktop
applications, because, well, you'll have to implement _a lot_ of stuff from
ground up in Java or C/C++ just to make things communicate with Erlang

As a control box? Yes, definitely. As a ready-togo solution? Probably, not.

And there are both advantages and disadvantages to that, as there always
are, but I think, that if Erlang community could focus on the
disadvantages... Man, this could be the next killer-language :) (Ruby is
slowly filling the void, and C# 3.0 is around the corner, and there is that
curious little fellow by the name of Nemerle...)

On 8/29/06, Thomas Lindgren <> wrote:
>
>
>
> --- Andrés Valenciano <>
> wrote:
>
> > ke han wrote:
> > > This does add to the erlang sales pitch problem.
> >
> > Yes it is a problem, some times when others have
> > used only one tool for
> > everything for years and before that another tool
> > for everything...they
> > are difficult people to talk to or persuade to
> > change from their comfort
> > zone about development.
> >
> > Most of the things I heard were the same that were
> > thrown to the Rails
> > guys: pool of people to work with the "technology",
> > "enterprise
> > standard" for web apps, blah blah blah (well, not
> > one thing about
> > scalability in this case :) )
>
> Most developers and managers play "follow the leader"
> and get upset if there are several ones :-) But those
> guys are basically the prize of the winner, and there
> is little point in trying to convince them at this
> stage.
>
> Instead, I think what is needed is a community of
> technical pioneers, who overcome real problems and
> codify them into software solutions. This is
> attractive to people who are having problems and are
> willing to try something new. In this specific case,
> an "OTP for web developers", perhaps?
>
> Basically, these pioneers will be the core of the
> snowball at the top of the hill, and the followers
> will be the big outer layer at the bottom.
>
> Best,
> Thomas
>
>
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