[erlang-questions] What are the cons and pros of using Erlang rather than java to develop server backend?

Ulf Wiger <>
Fri May 22 10:00:53 CEST 2009


G.S. wrote:
> True, that was a poor comparison between Mnesia and SQL, (or no 
> comparison at all... as they are in different groups).
> 
> Nevertheless, no one has really added to the cons and pros of Erlang vs 
> Java, in general, for the development of backend.

Well, actually there was an article in a respected Swedish
computer magazine recently

http://www.idg.se/2.1085/1.213789/svensk-sprakdoldis-gor-succ%C3%A9

As it is in Swedish, let's turn to the venerable translator
translate.google.com:

"Such language is Erlang, which reached an enormous popularity recently. 
According to Johan Bevemyr, system architect at Tail-f Systems, it is 
possible to make huge cool stuff with few developers, such as bug fixes 
in service without taking down the system. When Johan Bevemyr worked at 
Ericsson, it was a study which showed that Erlang, the language that 
[beat] Java and C + + with horse lengths.

- The survey shows that it is possible to achieve five times greater 
productivity with Erlang than with object-oriented languages. This means 
that a developer can write the same program in Erlang as five developers 
in Java or C + +, he says."

(Apologies, Johan - your original statement, in Swedish, did sound
better. :)

BR,
Ulf W
-- 
Ulf Wiger
CTO, Erlang Training & Consulting Ltd
http://www.erlang-consulting.com



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