[erlang-questions] node.js vs erlang

Loïc Hoguin essen@REDACTED
Thu Jun 19 10:52:06 CEST 2014

On 06/19/2014 08:50 AM, Aaron J. Seigo wrote:
> by doing those 3 things, nodejs can have a steep learning curve and still
> succeed in getting lots of users.

That's another thing I don't understand. People always say nodejs has 
lots of users. Yet I haven't heard of a single success story.

Erlang, you don't have to look far. Most big companies use Erlang. Half 
the world's phone communications go through Erlang. You can find Erlang 
in space. Heck even npm, the nodejs package manager, uses Erlang.

So my question then is: on what is the hype built? It certainly doesn't 
seem to be built on the capabilities of the platform. I doubt it's 
because it has one short example on its front page either. It probably 
*helps* but it's not *why* there's hype about it.

If you want to attract hypey people you have to build hype around 
Erlang, and that's much harder because you can't just hop in, everything 
is different and you have to restart learning from scratch. As simple as 
an example you might put on its front page, it will not get the point 
across as well as one for a familiar language.

Loïc Hoguin

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