[erlang-questions] Time for OTP to be Renamed?
Fri Feb 14 13:22:11 CET 2014
> Seems to me that scarcity is a GOOD thing for Erlang programmers. Java coders are a dime a dozen (not necessarily good ones, mind you). Folks who know Erlang are harder to find - should drive the price up.
Am I the only one seeing how wrong this statement is?
Basic ECON-101 predicts that people buy more of the "stuff", when the "stuff" is cheaper, and, conversely, less of the "stuff" when the "stuff" is more expensive; thus, the obvious outcome cannot be a "GOOD for thing Erlang programmers", as they would eventually go extinct.
Or let me rephrase it -- it may be a "GOOD thing for Erlang programmers" until a cheaper alternative is found.
If Erlang is to be taken seriously, it has to be seen to have a value beyond (somewhat myopic) value derived by individual programming mercenaries.
Within the organization I work for, we have used Erlang for every project since 2002 (and there's been many projects since, and many more to come). Currently we are on average 30% cheaper than our competitors (that are using Java, etc.) and, mind you, still making a reasonable profit that allowed our organization to grow.
> Short version: If I were hiring for a project that was inherently concurrent, and required 24x7 operation - I'd be LOOKING for Erlang on a resume. Someone who spent most of their time coding Java would be a non-starter.
Indeed, for as long as this project may be realized with reduced cost, as a consequence of being more appropriate than Java equivalent.
But, also, the fact that one knows Erlang, does not mean that such a person knows how to put it to good use.
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