[erlang-questions] suitability of erlang

Joe Armstrong <>
Thu Oct 11 23:07:21 CEST 2012

On Thu, Oct 11, 2012 at 8:47 PM, Rustom Mody <> wrote:
> 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)

Ohhhhh - Ummm - tricky - no easy thing to do here.

New technologies have their best chance a) immediately after a disaster
or b) at the start of a new project.



> 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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