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The A-Z of Programming Languages: Erlang

Jun 16, 2009, 15:01 (0 Talkback[s])
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"Was there a particular problem the language aimed to solve?

"Yes, we wanted to write a control program for a small telephone exchange in the best possible manner. A lot of the properties of Erlang can be traced back to this problem. Telephone exchanges should never stop, so we have to be able to upgrade code without stopping the system.

"The application should never fail disastrously so we need to developed sophisticated strategies for dealing with software and hardware errors during run-time."

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