The Erlang Rationale, by Robert Virding (PDF)

This article was written by @rvirding …over a decade ago! Posting here in case anyone else finds it of interest and adding it to our Erlang portal’s list of pinned threads :nerd:

Here’s an update from Robert about why he wrote this article (from EF):

Edit May 2021: Be sure to check out Robert’s interview here too - he talks about the Erlang Rationale and quite a bit more!

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It pointed me to ‘A History of Erlang’ by Joe Armstrong and the first sentence is “Erlang was designed for writing concurrent programs that “run forever””.

A History of Erlang.


Nice one DG!

Here’s the same PDF I think:

And the slides from the page you posted:

They also have a downloadable video: