[erlang-questions] A new erlang book?

Salvatore Mangano smangano@REDACTED
Thu Sep 20 19:41:48 CEST 2007

I am two chapters into writing a new book on Erlang. There will inevitably
be some overlap with Joe's book because I want to make it stand by itself.
However, the main emphasis is on using Erlang to develop large projects
where concurrency and fault tolerance are crucial. I plan to use financial
trading as my example domain. I will have greater coverage of the various
pieces of the Erlang stack (Yaws, Rabbit MQ, Mnesia, My SQL interfacing,
etc.) There will also emphasis on development of unit tests.

I would love to hear what subscribers to this list want to see in a new

I am also looking for people who would like to be technical editors. 
Please email me off list.

-Sal Mangano
smangano (at) into-technology (dot) com

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pat eyler wrote:
> The other day, a publisher asked me what I thought about the
> potential market for books on Functional Programming.  As we
> talked, it became obvious that they want to play in this space
> and are looking for some feedback.  It sounds like they want to
> put out a (some) book(s) that are a little bit more advanced than
> Joe's Programming Erlang, or the upcoming O'Reilly book on
> Haskell without doing yet another dry, academic tome.

I really, really liked the approach that Brian Kernighan and Rob Pike
took in The Practice Of Programming, in that they did not restrict
themselves to one language.

A nice book on functional programming would use various languages, and
use those to highlight things like how eager vs.  lazy influences your
programming style, similarly for static vs dynamic typing, and so on.
But keeping it practical, showing the benefits of both ways.


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