[erlang-questions] Erlang and the learning curve

Bob Ippolito <>
Tue Jan 4 03:00:22 CET 2011

Do you know what it is you'd like to do with Erlang?

In my case I knew what I wanted to do before I started (build an ad
server), and I knew how to do it without Erlang, so taking the basics
and applying it to a real world problem was pretty straightforward for

The thing that finally made me "get" Erlang was Joe Armstrong's Ph.d
thesis [1], but at the time there were no books in print on Erlang so
there are probably better resources these days :)

[1] http://www.erlang.org/download/armstrong_thesis_2003.pdf

On Tue, Jan 4, 2011 at 9:52 AM, JETkoten <> wrote:
> Hi All,
> I've been reading/watching everything I can find (off and online) for
> learning Erlang for the past two or three weeks, but am just not getting it,
> in terms of being able to do anything with Erlang in the real world.
> I've watched some videos about functional programming where the hosts joked
> about people looking into functional programming deciding it's too hard and
> then never touching it again... but seriously, how do people bridge the gap
> between understanding the basics and implementing real world projects with
> Erlang? I know the three major books are available, but none of them are
> really using Erlang for what I'd like to do...
> How have any of you who have come to know big-picture how great Erlang is
> been able to get enough knowledge of it to actually do what you'd like to
> do?
> Any and all replies are most welcome.
> Thanks,
> Jack
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