Erlang, Strings, Mnesia?

Jimmie Houchin jhouchin@REDACTED
Thu Apr 8 16:53:02 CEST 2004


I am trying to understand whether or not Erlang is right or a good 
option for a website I am building.

Currently I am processing 422,000 files with 6.6gb of text to place in a 
database. I will have to regularly parse and process large volumes of 
textual data.

The database will initially have 4-5 million rows/objects.

This data in turn will be searchable. A prime purpose of the data.

On this page of the Mnesia User Guide it says:
#On the other hand, Mnesia may not be appropriate with the following 
#types of applications:
#    * Programs that process plain text or binary data files

I am used to Squeak and Python and native string support.

I understand well Erlang's strengths. I don't understand where it is weak.

An example.

Would Erlang be suitable for a Google type site?
An Amazon? An eBay?

Any wisdom, advise welcome and appreciated.

Jimmie Houchin

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