[erlang-questions] "Erlang, the next Java"

Thomas Lindgren <>
Fri Aug 10 00:25:37 CEST 2007


Ralph Johnson (gang of four) praises Erlang in a
longish review of Joe's book. Great stuff from a
veteran; here is the payoff:

"Erlang is going to be a very important language. It
could be the next Java. Its main problem is that there
is no big company behind it. Instead, it is being
pushed as an open source project. Its main advantage
is that it is perfectly suited for the multi-core, web
services future. In fact, it is the ONLY mature,
rock-solid language that is suitable for writing
highly scalable systems to run on multicore machines.


I do not believe that other languages can catch up
with Erlang anytime soon. It will be easy for them to
add language features to be like Erlang. It will take
a long time for them to build such a high-quality VM
and the mature libraries for concurrency and
reliability. So, Erlang is poised for success. If you
want to build a multicore application in the next few
years, you should look at Erlang."


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