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Everytime I talk to people about Erlang they think it's just another language.
 
Everytime I talk to people about Erlang they think it's just another language.
  
 
Erlang is not just a language.
 
Erlang is not just a language.
Ericsson open sourced it's software switching infrastructure, somewhat like AT&T Bell Labs
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open sourcing Plan9.  It's different because Ericsson actually produced real products using
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Erlang. 
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Erlang is based off of Joe Armstrong's thesis - "Making reliable distributed systems
 
Erlang is based off of Joe Armstrong's thesis - "Making reliable distributed systems
 
in the presence of software errors".   
 
in the presence of software errors".   
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* pre-compiled binaries for win32 and linux
 
* pre-compiled binaries for win32 and linux
 
* system libraries with built-in
 
* system libraries with built-in
  ** easily distributable, configurable ( in-memory or disk ) database system called Mnesia
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** easily distributable, configurable ( in-memory or disk ) database system called Mnesia
  ** native bindings to mysql and postgres
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** native bindings to mysql and postgres
  ** SNMP V1, V2 and V3 agents,  
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** SNMP V1, V2 and V3 agents,  
  ** a database config that exposes tables as SNMP tables
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** a database config that exposes tables as SNMP tables
  ** 3rd party contrib libs for - web server, jabber, ldap, radius, ldap, nfs
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** 3rd party contrib libs for - web server, jabber, ldap, radius, ldap, nfs
 
* bindings to C, C++, Java, Tk
 
* bindings to C, C++, Java, Tk
 
* good documentation including how to extend it with examples
 
* good documentation including how to extend it with examples
 
* a couple of books that discuss erlang implementations of non-trivial distributing computing objects.
 
* a couple of books that discuss erlang implementations of non-trivial distributing computing objects.
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Ericsson open sourced its software switching infrastructure, somewhat like AT&T Bell Labs
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open sourcing Plan9.  It's different because Ericsson actually produced real products using
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Erlang.  Ericsson openly endorses Erlang - OTP systems:[http://www.ericsson.com/technology/opensource/erlang/index.shtml]
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What other open source language do you know that is used by a corporation to build the AXE 301, a 512K cross connect switch that can achieve throughputs of 160Gbs.
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[http://www.ericsson.com/ericsson/corpinfo/publications/review/1998_01/26.shtml]
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Revision as of 02:49, 3 September 2007

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

Erlang is not just a language.

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.

Ericsson open sourced its software switching infrastructure, somewhat like AT&T Bell Labs open sourcing Plan9. It's different because Ericsson actually produced real products using Erlang. Ericsson openly endorses Erlang - OTP systems:[1] What other open source language do you know that is used by a corporation to build the AXE 301, a 512K cross connect switch that can achieve throughputs of 160Gbs. [2]