[erlang-questions] Erlang and the learning curve

JETkoten <>
Tue Jan 4 03:12:35 CET 2011

Thanks for your reply. Yes, I've got my pet project in mind to 
auto-monitor and update an online book sales marketplace.

I know the tools to use to make it happen with Ruby and had a prototype 
with some of the core functionality started (with some help I got from a 
local user group member).  Overall though I do lack experience there 
too, and don't quite know how to do it without Erlang per se.

I did a CS degree about 7 years ago, but didn't ever really learn to 
code there. I focused more on OO analysis and design and software 
requirements engineering... along with distributed digital multimedia. 
Now I'm trying to get some coding skills, and happened across Erlang. 
I'm fascinated but finding the learning curve much more unforgiving than 
Ruby, for instance...

Joe's Ph. d thesis has been the most useful for me too so far in getting 
a big picture idea about how things work in Erlang, but it's figuring 
out how to go from basics to real world that is absolutely boggling my 
mind at the moment. :)

On 1/3/11 9:00 PM, Bob Ippolito wrote:
> 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
> me.
> 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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