[erlang-questions] The Erlang Rationale

Tuncer Ayaz <>
Tue Sep 30 11:09:54 CEST 2008

On Tue, Sep 30, 2008 at 1:45 AM, Kevin A. Smith
<> wrote:
> I've posted a PDF version of Robert's document in PDF format to the
> same topic. Hopefully even more people will be able to read this
> excellent document.

I tried in two different viewers/readers and at least starting with the graphics
the PDF seemed to be garbled. I've uploaded a new PDF which works better.

> --Kevin
> On Sep 29, 2008, at 6:02 PM, Robert Virding wrote:
>> I have just released a document called the Erlang Rationale.
>> The Rationale is an attempt to explain why things look like they do
>> in Erlang and our thinking behind many of the properties and
>> features of the language. There is also some descriptions of part of
>> the system which today seem to lack description, for example the i/o
>> system and groups. The Rationale mainly deals with the core parts of
>> the language and the older parts of the libraries and not OTP.
>> It is to be considered to be work-in-progress and I will add to it
>> when I find the time and get the urge. Please come with comments and
>> suggestions on what is there and what you feel should be there.
>> Sorry for it being in Word format but this is the best I can do for
>> a simple editor which allows making diagrams and runs on Windows.
>> It can be found on trapexit.org user contributions:
>> http://forum.trapexit.org/viewtopic.php?p=44172#44172
>> Robert
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