[erlang-questions] Support for newcomers and the popularity of Erlang

André Graf <>
Mon Mar 19 17:27:36 CET 2012


I guess you are referring to
http://erlang.org/pipermail/erlang-questions/2012-March/065163.html ?

On 19 March 2012 17:19, Wojciech Knapik <> wrote:
> Hello everyone
>
> I have a question regarding mnesia that the books I have and the tutorials I
> found do not answer.
>
> I tried IRC, but was refered here. I tried the Manning forum, but was
> refered here. And here I was completely ignored. Not even a "go away",
> nothing. I had to check the list archives to make sure my emails reached
> their destination.
>
> I know this isn't some paid support list and you have no obligation to help
> anyone, but with a community of this size, you decide about the language's
> popularity by answering (or not answering) people's questions.
>
> With any non-trivial project, there are situations where people have to
> depend on outside help - where the documentation available simply doesn't
> allow them to answer a question and they need the opinion of someone
> experienced with the language. And this is not C++, or Java - you can't just
> ask any coworker for help. If you don't get an answer on this list, you're
> likely not getting it anywhere.
>
> I'm now part of a group of 9 developers undertaking a rather large project
> and Erlang is, in my opinion, the perfect fit for us. Most other members of
> the group are beginning to see this too. The only problem is that none of us
> know this language. Sure, we're reading the books (and they're excellent
> btw), but you know that books only go so far...
>
> I'd like nothing more than to stick to Erlang for this project, I've been a
> fan of functional languages for years, but we've only written a page of code
> and we've already run into a problem that noone seems to want, or be able to
> help us with.
>
> We all know a number of languages and make a living developing code in them,
> so the temptation to switch to something we're familiar with, where support
> will not be a problem, is pretty big. I'm guessing this is a very popular
> scenario when Erlang is being considered for a new project (once you get
> past the fact that everyone will have to learn a new language and, in most
> cases, a new programming paradigm).
>
> I could go on, but you get the idea. Perhaps these are the things to discuss
> in the next thread about Erlang's popularity, instead of ejabberd, Yaws and
> CouchDB...
>
> br,
> WK
>
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