[erlang-questions] Spanking new neophyte seeks guidance

doug mansell doug.mansell@REDACTED
Fri Aug 24 08:53:39 CEST 2007

Hi Michael,

I had a similar feeling with Erlang when I started looking at it a
couple of years ago.

I read a lot but my learning accelerated when I took a problem domain
I was familiar with (DICOM decoding) and reimplemented my C++ library
in Erlang.  It was slow at first translating the imperative things,
but then you get the hang of it.  Some of the patterns and solutions I
came up with in Erlang then informed my third gen C# library.
Unexpected!  I write in a functional style as much as I can these

That was a library, now I'm building a system with Mnesia and Orber
and learning about otp and applications and releases and all those
good things.

Lots of fun.  :)


On 8/24/07, Michael Campbell <michael.campbell@REDACTED> wrote:
> Hello everyone,
> I was wondering if someone might point me in the right direction.  I'm
> a professional developer and have a pretty solid, albeit imperative
> background for the last 20 or so years.  I have long wanted to get my
> head around functional programming, and have picked up Erlang
> recently; as in about a week ago.
> I don't quite know /why/, but for some reason this language has really
> excited me.  Haven't felt this way about a language in a long time
> (year and language left as an exercise for the reader).
> I'm reading Joe's "Programming Erlang" book, and am slowly picking up
> the syntax, and TRYING to get the idioms.  I hope that will come with
> use and practice.  Ok, so, I'm reading that book, trapexit, any blogs
> I can find, looking at code samples, etc.  What I was wondering is if
> there were any canonical types of exercises, or tutorials with
> exercises, etc. that will help me along this journey?
> And lastly, I'll inevitably have really, really basic questions I'm
> sure.  Is this the place for those, or if not, where?
> Thanks,
> Michael
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