Dr Dobb's mention of Erlang
Wed Apr 16 16:55:24 CEST 2003
Pierpaolo BERNARDI writes:
> > This is significant, since despite a quirky syntax, Erlang
> A quirky syntax???
I'd guess the author was mostly familiar with Java or C++.
Java went to some lengths to be syntactically compatible with
C++. Many people are lot more comfortable learning a new language if
it _appears_ familar. By the time they've figured out that the
semantics are different in a few important ways, they've overcome
the "shock of the unknown". ;-)
Erlang doesn't look like Java or C++, so for someone with that
background it looks quirky.
> > The system is a tad large for the smallest embedded
> > applications ? you generally need 16MB and a MTD to run the
> > system."
> What is an MTD?
Basically flash memory, e.g. a compact flash card. The writeup seems
to be a slightly confused version of the FAQ entry, which says
that you _can_ squeeze Erlang into 2M of flash. That doesn't mean it's
the only way. Just the most common one.
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