[erlang-questions] Is there a good source for documentation on BEAM?

Thomas Lindgren thomasl_erlang@REDACTED
Mon May 7 10:46:59 CEST 2012

> From: Jonathan Coveney <jcoveney@REDACTED>
>To: erlang-questions@REDACTED 
>Sent: Monday, May 7, 2012 8:39 AM
>Subject: [erlang-questions] Is there a good source for documentation on BEAM?
>This question seems to come up now and again, and it's surprising to me that a crucial part of the documentation isn't better documented. Is there a reason that it is the case? Is the reason that there is no VM spec to give the devs the flexibility to change the intermediate layer without having to worry about backwards compatibility to the degree that Java does?

Actually, I don't think such docs are all _that_ crucial -- who really needs to know, except a small number of VM implementors? (And they should read the source to get at all the goodies.) But perhaps someone on the list might be moved to do a tutorial presentation on an Erlang Factory or something?

(By the way, I too assume not doing it is to avoid getting bogged down into minutiae.)

If you want to learn more about some of the intellectual roots, try these:


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