[erlang-questions] A proposal for Unicode variable and atom names in Erlang.

Michael Richter <>
Mon Oct 22 16:28:43 CEST 2012

On 22 October 2012 22:16, Max Bourinov <> wrote:

> Please remember that when we talk about those poor guys that know Erlang
> bud doesn't know English we still don't know for sure if they are exists :-)

Speak for yourself, Max.  Your ignorance of people's existence proves
nothing except your ignorance of people's existence.

I know a few dozen Chinese Erlang hackers, for example.  Yes.  A few *dozen*.

I introduced the language to about a fifth of them.  They introduced it
further within their own communities and companies.  There is Erlang open
source on a variety of Chinese sites (including one run by, I think,
Taobao).  There are at least two major Chinese software firms either using
Erlang in a project or evaluating it for a project.  (And these are, of
course, only the ones I know of.  I lack the arrogance gene that extends my
personal experience to universality so I won't say they're the only two
companies just because I don't know of any others…)

I know, in short, that there are Chinese hackers who hack in Erlang, among
other languages, in their own little community that doesn't interact with
Anglo-only communities except peripherally.  And I have hearsay from others
that similar such hacking communities (not necessarily Erlang) exist in
Japan and in Korea.

"Perhaps people don't believe this, but throughout all of the discussions
of entering China our focus has really been what's best for the Chinese
people. It's not been about our revenue or profit or whatnot."
--Sergey Brin, demonstrating the emptiness of the "don't be evil" mantra.
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