[erlang-questions] Spanking new neophyte seeks guidance

Anthony Kong <>
Fri Aug 24 06:08:33 CEST 2007


I am in more or less situation as you. I am a Java programmer by trade,
and python programmer by hobby :-) 
 
This is just an idea:
 
I have subscribed to the RSS feed from planet trapexit and from time to
time I find some fun little thing people do with erlang e.g. write
binary search in erlang. 
 
I think 'reinventing some wheels' (i.e. getting your hand dirty) is the
best way to learn.
 
I have set up a blog for this purpose
http://erlang-python-java.blogspot.com/. Hopefully when I get around
to finish something worth goes public in the blog, I can solicit some
feedback from the community.
 
Cheers, Anthony
 
 
 
 

>>> "Jay Parlar" <> 24/08/2007 11:05 am >>>
On 8/23/07, Michael Campbell <> wrote:
> Hello everyone,
>
> I was wondering if someone might point me in the right direction. 
I'm
> a professional developer and have a pretty solid, albeit imperative
> background for the last 20 or so years.  I have long wanted to get
my
> head around functional programming, and have picked up Erlang
> recently; as in about a week ago.
>
> I don't quite know /why/, but for some reason this language has
really
> excited me.  Haven't felt this way about a language in a long time
> (year and language left as an exercise for the reader).
>
> I'm reading Joe's "Programming Erlang" book, and am slowly picking
up
> the syntax, and TRYING to get the idioms.  I hope that will come
with
> use and practice.  Ok, so, I'm reading that book, trapexit, any
blogs
> I can find, looking at code samples, etc.  What I was wondering is
if
> there were any canonical types of exercises, or tutorials with
> exercises, etc. that will help me along this journey?
>
> And lastly, I'll inevitably have really, really basic questions I'm
> sure.  Is this the place for those, or if not, where?

I'm in the exact same situation. Long time Python developer, excited
by all the recent Erlang talk in the Python community, learning from
the book. If you haven't found them yet, there's a lot of stuff on
erlang.org under "Examples". Haven't had time to go through them yet
(still working through the book), but it looks like there's some
decent stuff there.

Jay P.
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