[erlang-questions] Erlang and the learning curve

Xiaopong Tran <>
Tue Jan 4 03:45:07 CET 2011

I'd say it would come with practice. For whatever language
you learn, be it programming language or natural language,
you'll never really "get" it until you do a lot of practice.
That means, writing codes.

It's like standing on the side line and watching people play
football (soccer for the Americans), you'll never get the fun
until you go into the field, run after the ball, kick the ball, 
practice and get your ankle hurt badly (yeah, like having a system 
core dump in front of you). Watching on the side line will
never let you get it why people are having fun running after
a $10 ball and get themselves cover with mud and get hurt too
(I'm not talking about professional football, they probably
play for very different reasons, but I don't really watch them). 

On Mon, 2011-01-03 at 20:52 -0500, 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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