[erlang-questions] node.js vs erlang

Ivan Uemlianin ivan@REDACTED
Thu Jun 19 11:07:56 CEST 2014

Afaics nodejs is aimed squarely at people who (a) only know javascript, 
and (b) don't want to learn any other programming languages.  For this 
market segment, I can certainly imagine nodejs is very exciting.

On 19/06/2014 09:52, Loïc Hoguin wrote:
> 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.

Ivan A. Uemlianin PhD
Speech Technology Research and Development


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