[erlang-questions] erlang sucks

Alpár Jüttner alpar@REDACTED
Thu Mar 13 12:41:10 CET 2008

> Maybe it is due to the fact that most of them know C/C++/Java/Python.
> Maybe Erlang syntax is not so intuitive and easy as one could expect
> from a modern and powerful languages.  
> Maybe because the standard library is not so rich and not so
> consistent as expected from a mature language.

I cannot agree with it. I grew up in the C/C++ world and also had known
Python before I met Erlang, still I find it very intuitive. I'm also
_very_ impressed by the simplicity and the expressive power. (I'm not a
student though...)

I think, the major obstacle for newcomers is not the syntax, but the
immutable data structures, the impossibility of variable rebinding, and
the miss of loop constructs like 'for' and 'while'. For someone familiar
(only) with procedural languages, it is hard to believe that a language
can be efficient without these features.


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