[erlang-questions] The Beauty of Erlang Syntax

Roger Critchlow <>
Thu Feb 26 07:01:23 CET 2009


Why does one programming language succeed where others fail?

A similar question arises in ecology:  why are some species abundant and
others rare?  Ecologists have framed many theories around all sorts of
plausible explanations, advantageous and disadvantageous characteristics of
species, competitive exclusion, effective marketing, and so on.  Then
Stephen Hubbell proposed a neutral theory in which none of the species
characteristics make any difference whatsoever.

  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Unified_neutral_theory_of_biodiversity

The rule is that when a growth opportunity for an individual comes into
existence, a job opening if you like, the opening is filled by a candidate
chosen randomly from those available.  A miserable theory, no fun at all,
but it works, for some values of "works".

> Why do you think people stay away from functional programming languages in
droves?

  7) No reason at all.  Don't beat yourself up, just keep working.
  8) Parenthephobia.

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