[erlang-questions] A historical questions about binaries

Henning Diedrich hd2010@REDACTED
Sat May 8 23:15:03 CEST 2010

This is scary. Erlang is not quite ancient just yet and the mysteries 
about its beginnings have already started to fade from human memory.

Claes Wikstrom wrote:
> On 05/07/2010 01:43 PM, Dmitrii Dimandt wrote:
>> A friend of mine is digging deep into Erlang history and here's one 
>> question he hasn't found an answer to:
>> At what time were binaries introduced in Erlang? I know that bit 
>> syntax appeared in 1999, it says so in the docs :) Were binaries 
>> introduced earlier? And what did they look like back then?
> Binaries came a bit earlier, I introduced them during an effort to 
> separate the emulator proper
> from OS calls and then in particular the file system calls that were 
> used to load code.
> Thus came drivers, the whole driver arch, and in particular the file 
> driver that replied with binaries
> that could be fed to the code loading BIFs.
> My guess would be 1995-1996
> /klacke
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