[erlang-questions] Erlang is the best choice for building commercial application servers

Miles Fidelman mfidelman@REDACTED
Thu Mar 15 17:32:22 CET 2012

Miles Fidelman wrote:
> Michael Truog wrote:
>> I agree that there has been lots of negativity in the past connected 
>> with statements at previous startups like:
>> 1) "Erlang is just a prototype language"
>> 2) "Erlang is only a testing language"
>> 3) "Erlang is a ghetto"
>> I don't believe these statements, but I believe that their existence 
>> and continuation is unfortunate.  I think the only thing that may 
>> perpetuate these types of statements, is a lack of clear statements 
>> about Erlang's intent by current practitioners (as it is meant to 
>> exist in current products).  I understand that we have newer 
>> products, like RabbitMQ and Riak which can help provide examples of 
>> Erlang success within production (much of the previous success coming 
>> from ejabberd).  I am just disappointed by how these statements are 
>> very persistent, and may often prevent the use of Erlang.
> Personally, if Erlang shortens time-to-market and software maintenance 
> costs, and improves scalability, then I'm all for the competition 
> continuing to believe the myths. :-)

I should add...  particularly if larger, better-funded competition 
continues to waste time and money and build/maintain overly-complicated, 
brittle systems!

In theory, there is no difference between theory and practice.
In practice, there is.   .... Yogi Berra

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