[erlang-questions] clueless performance question

Kevin Scaldeferri <>
Wed Jun 11 17:41:40 CEST 2008

On Jun 11, 2008, at 5:35 AM, Mats Cronqvist wrote:

> Thomas Lindgren wrote:
>> ...I thought the "wide finder" work of
>> last fall was pretty interesting. (Likewise for the
>> WF2 getting started now.)
>  i tuned out of that discussion, but i was under the impression that
> erlang pretty much... sucked.
>  so it was interesting to see Jeff Atwood's summary(*);

I think it's more accurate to say that early, "idiomatic" Erlang  
implementations sucked.  Once you give up on using line-oriented I/O  
and write a few hundred lines of code using raw I/O, it gets fast.   
For the record, though, the winning Perl implementation was a couple  
dozen lines and, while clever, not obfuscated.


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