[erlang-questions] Small Erlang VM

Alpár Jüttner <>
Fri Jul 4 00:22:13 CEST 2008


On Thu, 2008-07-03 at 12:52 -0400, Edwin Fine wrote:
> I understand why you would want to use Erlang, but instead of writing
> an entire interpreter with all the complexity that entails, would you
> consider using another language that is very good in extremely
> resource-restricted environments? FORTH comes to mind. If you just
> want to Get Things Done, that is;

I don't think so. For example I'm working on a controlling application
which could probably run on the weakest possible hardware, but would be
a great struggle to implement in any sequential programming language
(because I need the various timers and complex scheduling of action and
handing of events).

For these kinds of tasks, Erlang fits extremely well. I think a
lightweight version of the erlang emulator could find a lot of
applications in this area. 

Best regards,
Alpar




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