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Revision as of 23:46, 10 January 2007

Everytime I talk to people about Erlang they think it's just another language.

Erlang is not just a language. Ericsson open sourced it's software switching infrastructure, somewhat like AT&T Bell Labs open sourcing Plan9. It's different because Ericsson actually produced real products using Erlang. Erlang is based off of Joe Armstrong's thesis - "Making reliable distributed systems in the presence of software errors". The current download contains:

  • the src code with targets for WIN32, linux and vxworks
  • pre-compiled binaries for win32 and linux
  • system libraries with built-in
  ** easily distributable, configurable ( in-memory or disk ) database system called Mnesia
  ** native bindings to mysql and postgres
  ** SNMP V1, V2 and V3 agents, 
  ** a database config that exposes tables as SNMP tables
  ** 3rd party contrib libs for - web server, jabber, ldap, radius, ldap, nfs
  • bindings to C, C++, Java, Tk
  • good documentation including how to extend it with examples
  • a couple of books that discuss erlang implementations of non-trivial distributing computing objects.