[erlang-questions] Why the name Erlang/OTP is good
Thu Mar 6 17:35:11 CET 2014
Late to the party and by all means don't want to restart the
discussion, just a short dialog with one of my customers using Erlang:
Me: ... its called Erlang/OTP, namead after a danish mathematician
Customer: What does OTP stand for?
Me: It stands for Open Telecom Platform, Erlang was initially used for
programming phone switches by Ericsson. They build a ATM switch that
has nine nines availabaility with it (five nines is normal) thats about
30 milliseconds per year!
Me: The features they built into it to achieve this will enable us to
build very high available and robust systems too, btw the 30
milliseconds is including updates!
Customer: How's this possible??
Me: Erlang hast lowlevel onstructs leveraged by OTP to .... bla bla bla
If you can't sell Erlang to a customer/boss because it has OTP in it,
its either hopeless or you can't sell anything. I like the name OTP
because it gives me a nice historical intro to explain why Erlang/OTP
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