[erlang-questions] The meaning of OTP...

Håkan Stenholm <>
Fri Jul 20 00:07:58 CEST 2007


Eric Merritt wrote:
> Regardless of what is decided on the name, Trap Exit shouldn't go off
> in it's own tangent.
>
>   
That indeed is rather stupid, never mind that not even the Trapexit site can get 
it right (hint - the FAQ still says OTP = Open Telecom Platform).


I agree that the current name is kind of bland and somewhat misleading but please 
choose a name that at least makes some kind of sense:

* "Open Telecom Platform" - to narrow but at least historically accurate
* "Open Transaction Platform" - is just plain confusing, is OTP some kind of database ?


I rather like these:

* "OTP is not a Telecom Platform" - recursive rewrite in the spirit of GNU
* "OTP Technical Platform" - recursive definition for a recursive language
* "Omnipotence Through Parallelism" - just plain silly :)


Other choices may be:

* "Open Technical Platform" - if you want to stick to the acronym
* Erlang/OTP = Erlang develOpmenT Platform - creative acronym



> On 7/19/07, Niclas Eklund <> wrote:
>   
>> Hello!
>>
>> If you search the documentation you find stuff like net_adm:ping/1 pong |
>> pang, the Event Trace (E.T.) function et:phone_home/5:
>>
>> http://www.erlang.org/doc/man/et.html
>>
>> BTW, I noticed that on http://www.trapexit.org/ start page Telecom has
>> been replaced by Transaction. For example:
>>
>>  "The Open Transaction Platform (OTP) is set of ..."
>>
>> Isn't it a bit confusing if we use different explanations of what the
>> OTP acronym stands for?
>>
>> /Nick
>>
>> On Thu, 19 Jul 2007, Anthony Kong wrote:
>>
>>     
>>> What about "Oh, That's Powerful!" :-)
>>>  I think rebranding is usually a (meaningless) marketing exercise.
>>> Erlang excels by its technical merit and this alone has enough
>>> marketing power. OTP highlights where its heritage has come from and I
>>> think it is a good thing.
>>>  For example, if you have read Joe's book, he mentioned about how
>>> Mnesia get her name: "The original name was Amnesia. One of our bosses
>>> didn't like the name. He said, "You can't possibly call it
>>> Amnesia*you can't have a database that forgets things!" So we
>>> dropped the A, and the name stuck."
>>>
>>> I cannot help laughing whenever i read this,
>>>  This is this kind of little stories make erlange what it is today, I
>>> reckon.  (+ other big technial/language design decision, of course)
>>>
>>> So, just keep OTP as it is, unless the same boss has something to say again
>>>  (Actually I am too new to erlang to make comment as such, but that's
>>> just how I feel)
>>>
>>> Cheers, Anthony
>>>
>>>
>>>       
>>>>>> "Mike Berrow" <> 19/07/2007 7:03 am >>>
>>>>>>             
>>> How about
>>> "Omnipotence Through Parallelism"
>>>
>>> -- Mike
>>>
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