[erlang-questions] The erlang baby and the green JVM

Fred Hebert mononcqc@REDACTED
Thu Apr 1 18:39:12 CEST 2010

It all started when Francesco Cesarini reposted a question he overhead at
QCon earlier in March (http://twitter.com/FrancescoC/status/10271901570).

I mentioned that in #erlang on freenode and we all had a good laugh.
Sarcastic comments about "oh of course Erlang was first on the JVM" started
there. Orbitz (an #erlang user who likes the anonymity given by his
nickname) and I thought it would be funny to actually write a sarcastic blog
post for an alternative Erlang history to see how people would react. We
were always a bit irked by people claiming Scala actors are a good
replacement for Erlang and we decided to push it.

 So we went writing and finding all kinds of little things that could annoy
people who love to overreact to small details ("Richard Virding") and then
just huge lies for the rest of people.

The reaction was pretty good, so we decided we'd make a come back with the
idea for April's 1st.

Orbitz and I took our respective sites (LYSE and his blog) and pushed a bit
further. I'd say that so far, it's totally been worth it. Good reactions
around the place.

It's not that we dislike scala at all, but the QCon question was just asked
at the right time in the right context. Erjang being developed also let
confusion get a little more place too -- you could google for Erlang on the
JVM and get results or something.

It's a fun meme so far. No idea if the scala guys like it though.

On Thu, Apr 1, 2010 at 11:38 AM, Henning Diedrich <hd2010@REDACTED>wrote:

> Somehow postings in this particular tone  go down so much nicer when it's
> complete BS. I think I actually prefer it that way.
> Can we have more of that? I could put up a Scarlang wiki.
> Can somebody enlighten us what triggered the noble impulse to hand the
> mantle of worthiness over to Scala?
> Fred Hebert wrote:
>> I'm glad to announce that following these revelations, Learn You Some
>> Erlang
>> (http://learnyousomeerlang.com) will be renamed Learn You Some Scala.
>> See the main page and the FAQ for details.
>> This is also covered there:
>> http://functional-orbitz.blogspot.com/2010/03/learn-you-some-erlang-renamed-learn-you.html

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