Pragmatic Erlang

, Apr 16, 2007

Interesting stuff from Dave Thomas:

One of the joys of playing at being a publisher is that I get to mess around with the technology in books as those books are getting written. Lately I’ve been having a blast with Joe Armstrong’s new Erlang Book. At some point I’ll blog about the really neat way the Erlang database unifies the set-based SQL query language and list comprehensions (it’s obvious when you think about it, but it blew me away when I first read it). But I just wanted to start off with some simple stuff.

This sounds very much like LINQ.

Other than that, Erlang feels extremely weird at first sight. Which is actually great, since without a doubt it means I’m going to learn something when we take a closer look next month :-)

On April 17, 2007 2:37 AM, Bill de hOra said:

two things:

mnesia - awesome, worth knowing the language for

headed lists - most people are concerned with stuff like closures and listcomps, but headed lists are beautiful.

On April 17, 2007 7:53 AM, Stefan Tilkov said:

Excellent — two concepts I never even heard of :-)