[erlang-questions] What factors correlate with programming language popularity/adoption?

Ivan Uemlianin <>
Wed Jul 9 22:32:09 CEST 2014


Do you think erlang is lacking good libraries?

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> On 9 Jul 2014, at 21:19, Mark Allen <> wrote:
> 
> In this very excellent blog post
> 
>  http://www.pl-enthusiast.net/?p=235
> 
> Michael Hicks summarizes some recent research into what makes certain
> programming languages popular and others less so.  It especially includes
> recommendations on how to improve adoption of functional programming
> languages.
> 
> While I highly recommend reading the whole blog post and the linked-to
> research paper 
> 
>  http://www.cs.princeton.edu/~asrabkin/papers/oopsla13.pdf
> 
> The tl;dr summary is below:
> 
>> The paper shows convincingly that the single factor that most
> strongly 
>> correlates with both preferring and actually using a language is
> good 
>> libraries, particularly open source libraries.
> 
> This is an area, if I may soapbox for a moment, in which Erlang is
> conspicuously lacking and it suggests a focus area for improvement if
> increasing adoption and use of Erlang is a community goal.
> 
> In includes a namedrop of Joe Armstrong for good clickbait measure.
> 
> Mark
> 
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