Ten Years of Erlang


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During a hype phase like that, an incredible influx of newcomers drop by to see what the fuss is all about. Some will stay, most will leave. Your stay might be in terms of months or years, and in rare cases where you find a home it could last decades. But the vast majority of them will be a continuous flow of serial early adopters who surf from tech to tech, sniffing the best opportunity to gain a competitive advantage by being first to use a type of framework, language, or toolkit.

On killer apps. Although I think the Erlang community stayed small for other reasons.

If only we can get one big project going, then the devs will appear, and it will become self-sustaining. I believe this is patently false, mostly because Erlang has had dozens of killer apps during its biggest hype phase, and yet, the community remained small.

I think now that killer apps are driven by people glutting to an initial hype phase, not the opposite. There is always a smaller, earlier phase of people sniffing out interesting tech, deciding they like it, then building something, and if that something is a killer app, then you do get an even bigger hype phase out of it. People will cargo cult things, and a success story breeds more copycats. The other common thing is a phase of "reinventing the world", where everyone spends their time reimplementing everything that exists, so you get a bunch of announcements about "something but in language."

The actual reason the Erlang community didn’t grow.

Erlang's tooling and ecosystem was lacking. People in the Erlang community had self-selected to be those who could tolerate that barren environment, and as such were insensitive to the plight of newcomers.

On the bright side, things are getting better.

If like me, you were part of the big initial hype phase, but unlike me, you didn't stick around because a lot of things felt unusable or too tricky, you might want to give it a second try. The ergonomics of the language and its ecosystem have improved drastically.
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3 days ago by jefframnani
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5 days ago by ericn
I wanted to take a bit of time to reflect over most of that decade. In this post, I'll cover a few things such as hype phases and how this related to Erlang, the ladder of ideas within the language and how that can impact adoption, what changed in my ten years here, and I'll finish up with what I think Erlang still has to bring to the programming community at large.
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7 days ago by dlkinney
"In this post, I'll cover a few things such as hype phases and how this related to Erlang, the ladder of ideas within the language and how that can impact adoption, what changed in my ten years here, and I'll finish up with what I think Erlang still has to bring to the programming community at large." (And plenty of links.)
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8 days ago by aapl
I've joined the Erlang community about 10 years ago, in the midst of its first major hype phase. Erlang, we were told, was the future of concurrency and parallelism. The easiest and fastest way to get it done, and you could get distribution for free too. Ten Years of Erlang
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9 days ago by Agiza
2019/07/08 I've joined the Erlang community about 10 years ago, in the midst of its first major hype phase. Erlang, we were told, was the future of concurrency…
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9 days ago by fogus
I've joined the Erlang community about 10 years ago, in the midst of its first major hype phase. Erlang, we were told, was the future of concurrency and parallelism. The easiest and fastest way to get it done, and you could get distribution for free too. Back then, things were just starting to get amazing. The virtual machine had recently gotten SMP support, before which you needed to run multiple VMs on the same computer to truly use all CPUs.
I wanted to take a bit of time to reflect over most of that decade. In this post, I'll cover a few things such as hype phases and how this related to Erlang, the ladder of ideas within the language and how that can impact adoption, what changed in my ten years here, and I'll finish up with what I think Erlang still has to bring to the programming community at large.
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9 days ago by micktwomey