[erlang-questions] Learning Erlang from the scratch

Jesper Louis Andersen jesper.louis.andersen@REDACTED
Fri Aug 31 14:08:01 CEST 2007

On 8/31/07, Lone Wolf <hubaghdadi@REDACTED> wrote:
> Hi.
> I'm an enterprise Java developer.
> What is the best way to learn Erlang language from the scratch?
> Can I depend on the new PragmaticProgrammer book "Programming Erlang" ? or
> this books assumes the reader is Erlang programmer ?
> BTW, I don't know "Functional Programming" at all.

"One will first truly understand a programming language when he builds
something non-trivial with it".

Your best bet, as I see it, is to get the book. From a skimming it seems
like a good way to begin learning about erlangs concepts (I don't own the
book myself). Then try to find something and build it. You will learn a lot
by doing that. You can also begin reading code for a project that interests

Regarding the Functional Programming: If you understand recursion, you are
about halfway there. If you also understand that functions are first class
values and can be passed as parameters to other functions and returned from
functions, then you are almost over the goal line. It takes a bit of time to
accustom oneself to that.
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