[erlang-questions] Fwd: Is there a good source for documentation on BEAM?
Tue May 8 21:46:25 CEST 2012
I've also been looking for information about how Erlang works internally
for some time now and I found this document very helpful. I'm looking
forward to the complete version whenever it is done.
If you want comments/feedback on the document I can gladly help with that
On Mon, 07 May 2012 10:47:26 +0200, Joe Armstrong <> wrote:
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> From: Joe Armstrong <>
> Date: Mon, May 7, 2012 at 10:46 AM
> Subject: Re: [erlang-questions] Is there a good source for
> documentation on BEAM?
> To: Jonathan Coveney <>
> I did start writing a description but it's not very complete.
> This is on my list of things-to-do-one-day-when-you-get-time
> See http://dl.dropbox.com/u/4764922/beam.pdf
> If there is any interest I could up the priority :-)
> On Mon, May 7, 2012 at 8:39 AM, Jonathan Coveney <>
>> This question seems to come up now and again, and it's surprising to me
>> a crucial part of the documentation isn't better documented. Is there a
>> reason that it is the case? Is the reason that there is no VM spec to
>> the devs the flexibility to change the intermediate layer without
>> having to
>> worry about backwards compatibility to the degree that Java does?
>> Thus far I've found a description of the opcodes:
>> and this resource on the file format:
>> But there doesn't seem to be a lot of high level talk about what the
>> do (a la the JVM specification, for example). I know it's not
>> and could always ask the guys at Erjang how they went about it, but
>> I'd ask here.
>> Please forgive a newbie question, and thanks in advance
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