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

Karl Sjödahl - dunceor <>
Fri Aug 10 10:41:25 CEST 2007


Well, Ericsson is twice the size of Sun so I think it's kinda fair to
call Ericsson a big company =)

Well they do invest time and money in OTP but sure they do not use
Erlang and try to market is like Sun is doing with Java.

I do not think you can compare it like that, but I still feel it's
wrong to claim that there isn't a big company behind Erlang.

Br
Dunceor

On 8/10/07, Chris Wong <> wrote:
> 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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