The Development of Erlang - Joe Armstrong

This paper describes the development of the programming
language Erlang during the period 1985-1997.
Erlang is a concurrent programming language designed
for programming large-scale distributed soft real-time con-
trol applications.

The design of Erlang was heavily influenced by ideas from
the logic and functional programming communities. Other
sources of inspiration came from languages such as
Chill and Ada which are used in industry for programming control
systems.

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