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

Hakan Mattsson <>
Fri Jul 27 16:30:27 CEST 2007


Yes, I really agree that the terminology used at Trap
Exit ought to be consistent with the one used by the
rest of the Erlang community.

If the mastermind at Trap Exit persists, I suggest
he/she should use the wording "Open TrapExit Platform".
Then it would at least be obvious that the new meaning
of the acronym is a local Trap Exit joke. ;-)

If the Erlang community cannot agree of a new meaning
of the acronym, we could adopt "Open TBD Platform" for
the time being. ;-)

/Håkan

On Thu, 19 Jul 2007, Eric Merritt wrote:

> Regardless of what is decided on the name, Trap Exit shouldn't go off
> in it's own tangent.
> 
> 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 been replaced by Transaction.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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