[erlang-questions] "Erlang as a First Language" -- crazy? or just stupid?
Mon Dec 21 17:01:18 CET 2009
On 20-Dec-09, at 7:55 PM, Jarrod Roberson wrote:
> Actually Erlang as a first language is not that bad of an idea,
> if the only thing the person will ever support is that one
> Erlang is hard to learn for people coming from imperative C based
> languages and especially those with decades of experience.
> 20 years of doing something a particular way is hard to UN-learn.
Data point: As somebody who's coded mainly C for 20 years - I did not
find that at all. It took only 2 or 3 days to get well acquainted and
start building something. The primitives and syntax are not
difficult. I'd call it a breath of fresh air.
As everybody says, it was mostly fun from that point forward.
Compared to C-like imperative languages it is impressively less code
(estimates of 1/4 to 1/10 seem quite realistic). The reduction in
tedium in favour of expressiveness would seem strongly in Erlang's
favour as a teaching language.
> If I had learned Erlang and functional programming first it would
> have been
> much easier to pickup, and would have made learning other
> imperative C-ish
> syntax languages "foreign" instead of the other way around.
> Lots of people that learn Erlang as a 5th or 6th or more language
> tend to
> judge the learning curve based on their Previous experience
> learning other
> If you know C, then C++, Java, Python, Ruby, Perl, PHP or whatever
> is just
> learning a different syntax for the most part. Learning Erlang is also
> having to throw out a lot of stuff you "know" to learn a different
> of thinking on how to structure your decomposition of a problem into
> functional terms.
More information about the erlang-questions