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

Garrett Smith <>
Thu Apr 1 19:31:51 CEST 2010


I'm tempted to think this resolves the thread. But it is April 1.

I mean, as far as sense of humor, there's "dry", and then there's
"straight gin martini, mouth puckering bone dry!"

(But now I'm comfortable forwarding the Orbitz link to my Java/Scala chums.)

Evil, evil.

On Thu, Apr 1, 2010 at 10:39 AM, Fred Hebert <> wrote:
> 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 <>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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