[erlang-questions] languages in use? [was: Time for OTP to be Renamed?]

Drew Varner <>
Sun Feb 16 05:10:48 CET 2014


Maybe it's just the US, but I find postings for Erlang jobs few and far between. I see plenty of Scala jobs that value Erlang experience, but where the primary role is to work in the language.

- Drew

> On Feb 15, 2014, at 7:58 PM, Loïc Hoguin <> wrote:
> 
>> On 02/16/2014 01:05 AM, Miles Fidelman wrote:
>> Loïc Hoguin wrote:
>>> 
>>> To make a comparison, it generally goes like this:
>>> 
>>> What's Go? -> Language from Google by the Unix people -> I know and
>>> like those, therefore Go must be good too, plus it looks similar to
>>> what I'm used to.
>>> 
>>> What's Erlang? -> Language from Ericsson invented 25+ years ago ->
>>> Really? I'm not sure what Ericsson does... If it was invented 25 years
>>> ago and I haven't heard about it yet it must not be very good, plus
>>> it's not OO so it must not be very useful.
>>> 
>>> You can't fix that.
>>> 
>>> What you can fix about perception is actually minimal stuff. Like
>>> changing the name. Using release numbers that aren't from another
>>> planet. And so on.
> 
> Just in case this wasn't clear, I'm not saying changing the name or release numbers or whatever is a good idea. I'm saying it's minimal and thus not going to change anything.
> 
>> This is just plain silly.
> 
> You are talking about companies, I am talking about people. Erlang is already adopted in many companies, there are more companies using Erlang than there are Erlang developers. It is a grave mistake to focus on companies at this point. What's missing is Erlang developers to work for them and for new ones that might be interested in it.
> 
> It's about people.
> 
> -- 
> Loïc Hoguin
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