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Erlang Handbook

by Bjarne Däcker, Robert Virding

Erlang Handbook

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Book Description

Erlang is the result of a project at Ericsson's Computer Science Laboratory to improve the programming of telecommunication applications. A critical requirement was supporting the characteristics of such applications, that include: massive concurrency, fault-tolerance, isolation, dynamic code upgrading at runtime, transactions.

Throughout the whole of Erlang's history the development process has been extremely pragmatic. The characteristics and properties of the types of systems in which Ericsson was interested drove Erlang's development.

These properties were considered to be so fundamental that it was decided to build support for them into the language itself, rather than in libraries. Because of the pragmatic development process, rather than a result of prior planning, Erlang "became" a functional language - since the features of functional languages fitted well with the properties of the systems being developed.

The Erlang Handbook is a summary of the language features and the runtime system. It is aimed at people with some programming experience, serving as a quick introduction to the Erlang domain.

This open book is licensed under a Creative Commons License (CC BY-SA). You can download Erlang Handbook ebook for free in PDF format (0.6 MB).

Table of Contents

Chapter 1
Background, or Why Erlang is that it is
Chapter 2
Structure of an Erlang program
Chapter 3
Data types (terms)
Chapter 4
Pattern Matching
Chapter 5
Chapter 6
Chapter 7
Error handling
Chapter 8
Distributed Erlang
Chapter 9
Ports and Port Drivers
Chapter 10
Code loading
Chapter 11
Chapter 12
Further Reading and Resources

Book Details

Erlang Handbook
Computer Science
ISBN13 Digital
ISBN10 Digital
PDF Size
0.6 MB

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