[erlang-questions] suitability of erlang

Rustom Mody <>
Thu Oct 11 20:47:34 CEST 2012

On Thu, Oct 11, 2012 at 11:12 PM, Joe Armstrong <> wrote:

> I have no idea - you haven't told me what problem you want to solve -
> you've told me the
> technique you wish to use to solve the problem.
> This is a bit "back to front" - I'd like to *start* with the the
> problem then figure out how to solve
> it - not *start* with the idea that you want FSMs and events and so on
> and not tell me what the
> problem is.

Legacy system in C -- Sits on top of an event-oriented middleware.
Since the C system is at core FSM-oriented, it is quite unstructured (from
the normal programming POV)

Ideally one should throw out the mess and start fresh with an appropriate
technology, perhaps Erlang.
Realistically, the stakeholders always prefer evolution to revolution.
If not for anything else, just for unraveling the old-code semantics some
re-engineering is inevitably required
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