[erlang-questions] The Beauty of Erlang Syntax

Robert Virding <>
Mon Mar 2 13:26:08 CET 2009


2009/2/27 Steve Davis <>

> On Feb 26, 3:40 pm, Zvi <> wrote:
> >
> > ...article "Erlang for Concurrent Programming" [1] there is a list of
> things
> > for which Erlang tends to be not good.
> >
> > [1]http://mags.acm.org/queue/200809/
>
> Took a quick look at that link to "queue magazine", and they seemed to
> be scratching around a bit to find reasons to pad out their list...


Perhaps they just didn't want to seem too uncritically positive.


"•  Code requiring an aggressive compiler (Erlang entries in language
> benchmark shoot-outs are unimpressive — except for process spawning
> and message passing) "
>
> Does he mean "serial performance" here. If so see below, as this is at
> the heart of most of the list items.


Well, the whole Erlang system is aggressively optimised, but for process
spawning and message passing and not so much for serial performance. I
suppose in some ways it depends on what you see as your priorities. As ours
were concurrency and not arithmetic then it is not surprising it is that
way.

Robert
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