[erlang-questions] Why should you ever use atoms?

Max Lapshin <>
Sun Oct 11 23:27:54 CEST 2015


You can think about atoms as of a predefined words of your domain logic.

Each domain description has a limited amount of words that describe it, so
number of atoms is also limited by design.

In a properly designed program you should never meet dynamic creation by
 list_to_atom, only if you know that it is a
string representation of already described atom.

In other words, atoms are always written by hands by some human as a part
of described functionality.


Maybe this will help you.
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