[erlang-questions] Erlang in education --- back from the dead

Michael Turner <>
Sat Mar 19 06:28:25 CET 2016

Some years back, I mentioned that Erlang seemed a lot closer to what Alan
Kay originally meant by "object oriented" (which at the time did not
include inheritance) than most O-O languages since. He has long been
occupied with the issues of education through writing software, even in the
early grades. His foundation's software work seems a bit moribund (I guess
Open Cobalt is what it has come down to, not a wildly active project) but
what they've done over the years might provide some ideas.

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On Thu, Mar 17, 2016 at 11:48 AM, Lloyd R. Prentice <>

> Hello,
> A year or so ago there was on this list a wonderful spirited discussion of
> how to get kids and educators interested in Erlang.
> We have now low-cost low-power 64-bit hardware platforms that open
> boundless opportunities:
> https://www.raspberrypi.org/blog/raspberry-pi-3-on-sale/
> http://www.hardkernel.com/main/products/prdt_info.php?g_code=G145457216438
> https://www.pine64.com/product
> http://www.techspot.com/news/64113-western-digital-creates-314gb-hard-drive-specifically-raspberry.html
> So, I'm wondering if the Erlang community, particularly our corporate
> members, would be interested in mounting a programming challenge to
> students of all ages to develop innovative applications on one or another
> of these platforms? All entries would be released as open-source.
> Incentives might range from hardware to cash to internships to jobs. I, in
> my Writers Glen incarnation, would be willing to seed the program with $500
> and devote some time if we can secure enough interest and resources to
> mount a credible program.
> Or, short of such a grandiose scheme, I'm wondering if there are folks in
> the community interested in cooperating off-list in exploring and
> publishing on-line or in print under Creative Commons license how-tos and
> tutorials designed to inspire kids and push these platforms to their limits.
> Best wishes,
> Sent from my iPad
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