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

Robert Virding <>
Fri Apr 2 02:44:19 CEST 2010


Once I got past "what the hell have they been smoking stage", which
went quickly when I saw who had taken part in it, I enjoyed it.

My only problem with it is that the original question was probably
serious and there are certain to be some, shall we say, less
knowledgeable people who believe it. "Against stupidity the gods
themselves contend in vain". But stick them, more of the same.

"Richard"

On 1 April 2010 19:31, Garrett Smith <> wrote:
> 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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