[erlang-questions] Newbie tutorials

Alain O'Dea <>
Mon Feb 14 02:38:02 CET 2011


1. I use neither, but I'm an odd cat so don't worry ;)  I have read good things about both.  In reality I've never cause to use either.

2. http://erldocs.com/ is excellent for rapidly searching the docs.  It doesn't have the user guides, but once you find the thing you need you can cross-reference http://erlang.org/doc/ for those.

Take a look at http://learnyousomeerlang.com/ if you get a chance.  It is a great tutorial with a good sense of humour.

In reality it's a full time job to get up to speed on any language or framework to the point that you can work professionally with it.  Our "Visually Learn", "in 24 Hours" culture just leads to unreasonable expectations and disappointment.  I started learning Erlang in 2007 and I loved it from the beginning.  I was able to build some useful and fun things with it quickly, but with a very odd code style and chock full of bad practices.  That's a good thing really.  You need to enjoy the language first by making it your own or — in my case — by writing Java-ish code in Erlang.  The suit and tie of idiomatic Erlang comes later.  Have fun, share your experience, give yourself a lot of time to become an expert and give yourself lots of credit for taking on the challenge of doing it right :)

Keep up the good work, I love the repo tutorial you have going :)


On 2011-02-13, at 19:07, Todd <> wrote:

> Jerome -
> 
> Thanks! As an erl-newbie, I'm really curious about a couple of things:
> 
> 1. The differences between rebar and sinan, what people use and why
> 
> I want to spend as little time as possible wiring up boilerplate and figuring out how to package up project dependencies.
> 
> 2. How to *effectively* peruse the documentation. I wound up extracting the erlang man pages into a text file so that I can grep around and find things.
> 
> I'll stop there, as the reality is that I'm pretty curious about 100 other things... It's really a full-time job getting up-to-speed on Erlang.
> 
> -Todd
> 
> On 2/13/11 1:57 PM, Jerome Martin wrote:
>> I wouldn't comment much because I barely scratched the surface of your
>> github repo, but unti I dig more, just wanted to say I like the
>> approach, thanks for sharing!
>> 
>> On Sun, Feb 13, 2011 at 10:29 PM, Todd <
>> <mailto:>> wrote:
>> 
>>    I'm just starting to document my experiences learning erlang here:
>> 
>>    https://github.com/ToddG/experimental/tree/master/erlang/wilderness
>> 
>>    If anyone has comments about what I'm doing, better tools, better
>>    ways of approaching and/or explaining... I'd love to get feedback.
>> 
>>    -Todd
>> 
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