Why I Program in Erlang (2012)

Erlang is a twenty-five-year-old programming language that has yet to win a popularity contest, and almost certainly will never win any medals for speed, let alone any tiaras for syntactic beauty. The language is slow, awkward, and ugly. Refactoring Erlang code is a pain.

Yet for almost five years, I have spent a large chunk of my free time programming in Erlang…

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