5 second Erlang Submission

David Hopwood david.nospam.hopwood@REDACTED
Tue Aug 29 18:35:01 CEST 2006

Michael Williams wrote:
> In article <47404.>,
>  gordonguthrie@REDACTED (Gordon Guthrie) writes:
> |> Erlang was designed by people who build products. All other languages were
> |> designed by people who build languages. Do you build products?
> |> 
> |> If it is over 5 secs lose the last sentence...
> C was designed at Bell Labs, and it first use was in ESS#4
> telephony switches and in UNIX. C is an excellent language for its
> purpose, [...]

I would dispute that. The system programming domain that C is supposedly
intended for requires extremely high reliability even in the presence of
software errors. Many of the design decisions in C (in particular the
prevalence of undefined behaviour resulting from common programming
mistakes) run directly counter to that.

I actually quite like C; it's at least a consistent exemplar of the
"worse is better" design philosophy. But I don't consider it to be an
"excellent" language for any purpose.

David Hopwood <david.nospam.hopwood@REDACTED>

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