|The old Erlang mailing list/twit o'sphere is in a fluster. A manic phase: “WhatsApp - they'll no be asking who uses Erlang now!" preceded by a depressive phase "why isn't Erlang more popular?".|
The Erlang community is the last place with insight into why Erlang is not popular.
So lets ask people NOT in the community. Here is a list of hypotheses.
Erlang is not more successful because:
* OTP means Open Telephony Platform
* Erlang/OTP is run by Ericsson
* the syntax is prolog-y & not c-y or ruby-y or python-y, its just too damn erlang-y
* no package manager
* no list of open source packages
* no community site
* the mailing list is the community
* everyone knows each other from Stockholm
* it is too hard to get a first working app
* lists for strings, aargh!
* no for loops, eek!
* variables don't vary, whimper!
* people don't learn OTP first but start with Erlang
* people don't learn Erlang first but start with OTP
* no docs
* too many docs but it is the wrong sort
* not enough teaching materials
* doesn't run on the JVM
* we used to think that it was because there were no books...
* Erlang Solutions isn't a proper internet company
* the language develops too slowly
* emacs is the IDE
Some things people are pinning their hats on:
* more books, yay!
* Elixir is irresistable to Rubyists
* LuvvieScript will prove irresistable to the JSers (disclaimer, I'm lying)
* FP is trés, trés à la mode
* LFE & Joxa will be the little lisps that can...
* something will turn up
* something better turn up
* oh God, get me another drink, even at Stockholm prices, I'll be here when something turns up, but by God, a feed of strong drink is the only way to endure the wait
It would be helpful if you would say if you have:
* never used Erlang nor considered it
* tried it & stopped
* use it regularly
So fire away. Do your worst. Hold nothing back.