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This is very well written. A very interesting and verbose (not in a bad way) way of answering the everpresent question "What language should I learn?"

PS: Yes, I know that not the whole discussion was about this question. Still.

I'm pretty blown away by how well written and civil a lot of posts are on this thread.

Erlang mailing is a pleasure to read. Even as mix of different ages and experience levels (heck, Joe is a regular poster), the conversation is always civil.

I read it every day along with hn and a few other blogs.


Hmm... hn has been doing a very good job at convincing me to get my feet wet with erlang lately :)

I certainly love it.

If anything it helps think differently when facing problems. It makes you think about reliability, fault tolerance and concurrency in a new way. It is just as much a language as it is a new paradigm.

There some languages and toolkits started to copy some features from Erlang (Rust, Go, Scala's Akka, ...) they are all still pretty far from it in terms of providing the whole ecosystem (the full package).

Also Erlang has a great VM behind it (BEAM). It has a completely concurrent garbage collector and other nice things. That's why I am also excited about Elixir (I think there was a post here about that as well).

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