[erlang-questions] Erlang is touch of genius

Ingo Jaeckel <>
Fri Jun 22 21:11:21 CEST 2012


What about tool support e.g. refactoring, (remote) debugging,
deployment, monitoring, profiling, code analysis tools, etc. There are
so many tools supporting the development process for more popular
languages like Java and C#. Do you think that (due to the language
itself?) those are not needed for Erlang? Compared to the
free/commercial tools available for Java, the Erlang tool chain looks
not mature enough to me.

I *love* the language itself and achieving nine 9s is great, too [1].
But don't you need so much more than great language concepts on a
day-to-day basis when you are choosing the language for your next
super-cool project?

Ingo

[1] http://ll2.ai.mit.edu/talks/armstrong.pdf

On Fri, Jun 22, 2012 at 1:42 PM, Wojtek Narczyński <> wrote:
> On 2012-06-22 17:07, Paul Barry wrote:
>>
>> Yes, I'd agree... I'm happy to be drinking the Erlang kool-aid, too.
>>
> Yes, it is amazing how all the pieces of the puzzle fit together: processes,
> messaging (send semantics, selective receive), locality in garbage
> collection, functional programming, strong dynamic typing, pattern matching,
> atoms, recursion, hot code update, distribution, .... And there are more
> jigsaw pieces coming: native implemented processes, hasmaps (which are
> conceptually funcions, by the way). While java is collapsing under its own
> weight, there is no horizon of erlang improvement even remotely visible.
>
> Then comes the OTP, where you realize that many problems you are not yet
> even aware of, have already been solved.
>
> --Regards,
> Wojtek Narczynski
>
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