[erlang-questions] "Erlang as a First Language" -- crazy? or just stupid?

Cyril Pertsev <>
Mon Dec 21 16:19:36 CET 2009


Michael Turner wrote:
> of programming environments.  Got that image set?  OK, there's a catch.
>  You know that "choice of environments" I mentioned?  Here it is: you
> can write it in Object-Oriented Cobol for an IBM AS/400 with a
> green-screen glass-tty terminal, or in Fortran 90 while telnetted from

AS/400 is the one of the greatest systems in the world, given birth to 
many modern technologies, sometimes many years ahead of time.

IMHO, people who say 'What?!? You want me to program in XXX? No way!" 
are not programmers, they're coders. And there's absolutely no point in 
teaching Erlang to them unless they have an immediate need in coding 
something in Erlang right next week. Whereas programmers solve problems 
using computers, explaining the solution to the computer using a 
language. There're less suitable languages for the problem and more 
suitable, but almost no bad or good languages. They're all good and bad.

Personally, I'd love to write something in OOCobol for AS/400, despite 
the fact that I don't know Cobol :-) It might be a useful and fun 
experience.

Best regards,
Cyril




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