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

Chris Wong <>
Fri Aug 10 10:21:43 CEST 2007


I think Ralph is referring to a big company as some company like Sun  
or Microsoft who has a vested interest in seeing Java or C++/C#  
become popular.  They have a business plan for whatever programming  
language they are pushing.

For Ericsson, what's their incentive to push Erlang to make it  
popular?  Popularity of Erlang isn't going to help selling more  
Ericsson switches or cell phones, is it?

Chris

On Aug 9, 2007, at 10:49 PM, Karl Sjödahl - dunceor wrote:

> Hello.
>
> A nice review that one thing that I keep hearing is that there is no
> big company behind Erlang and I feel that is not quite true. Ericsson
> is still a supporter of it and has full-time employees I thought to
> develop OTP? He even spelled Ericsson wrong in his blog also :P
>
> Nice blog at least.
> And this weekend I will finally have time to sit down and read Joe's
> book that I got almost two weeks ago.
>
> BR
> Dunceor
>
> On 8/10/07, Thomas Lindgren <> wrote:
>> http://www.cincomsmalltalk.com/userblogs/ralph/blogView? 
>> showComments=true&entry=3364027251
>>
>> 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."
>>
>> Best,
>> Thomas
>>
>>
>>
>>
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