[erlang-questions] Forget Erlang on the Java VM. More language on the Erlang VM are needed!

Yariv Sadan <>
Thu Nov 29 00:52:00 CET 2007


On Nov 28, 2007 3:27 PM, Joel Reymont <> wrote:
>
> On Nov 28, 2007, at 7:13 PM, Yariv Sadan wrote:
>
> >> "CouchDB counts, ErlyWeb not so much". Do you care to explain that?
>
> Sure. This was not meant to diminish your by all accounts excellent
> efforts. It simply reflects my belief that customers buy (and are
> impressed by) 1/4 holes as opposed to 1/4 drills. Solutions sell much
> better than tools.
>
> People who use CouchDB will likely be impressed by the features it
> acquires from Erlang and will try to dig deeper. People who come to
> ErlyWeb from Rails will mostly be poking holes in ErlyWeb and
> complaining about the features that it's missing.
>

By the same logic, one could say that people who will try CouchDB will
be poking holes and complaining about the features it lacks compared
to other DBMS's, but they will be impressed by how ErlyWeb provides a
great solution for building webapps -- which is, incidentally, the
most popular need for developers these days -- in Erlang.

You'd be surprised by how few useful features Rails has that ErlyWeb
doesn't. And they can all be implemented in ErlyWeb fairly easily,
whereas it will be very hard if not impossible to give Ruby developers
a taste of Erlang style concurrency, fault tolerance, Mnesia, etc.

Yariv



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