[erlang-questions] The future of Erlang and BEAM

Miles Fidelman <>
Mon Feb 13 19:53:48 CET 2012


Matthew Evans wrote:
>
> I think that what needs to be asked long term is where do we see 
> Erlang been used? Will it just be a niche language, used in certain 
> specific situations? Or do we see it becoming more of a general 
> purpose language?
>
I can answer that at least from the point of view of what I'm looking at 
it for:

- highly distributed applications and services (e.g., a network of 
Jabber servers, RabbitMQ)

- a platform for applications with high concurrency (e.g., CouchDB)

- modeling and simulation / massively multiplayer games (i.e, anything 
that is conceptually a massively concurrent application)

- high-availability service environments (i.e., carrier-class telecom 
apps - where Erlang has its roots)

Beyond that, personally, does it need to be general purpose?  (For that 
matter, what does it mean to be general purpose these days?)

Miles Fidleman




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