Introducing Erlang
Getting Started in Functional Programming
Publisher: O'Reilly Media
Released: January 2013
Pages: 204

If you’re new to Erlang, its functional style can seem difficult, but with help from this hands-on introduction, you’ll scale the learning curve and discover how enjoyable, powerful, and fun this language can be.

Author Simon St. Laurent shows you how to write simple Erlang programs by teaching you one basic skill at a time. You’ll learn about pattern matching, recursion, message passing, process-oriented programming, and establishing pathways for data rather than telling it where to go. By the end of your journey, you’ll understand why Erlang is ideal for concurrency and resilience.

  • Get cozy with Erlang’s shell, its command line interface
  • Become familiar with Erlang’s basic structures by working with numbers
  • Discover atoms, pattern matching, and guards: the foundations of your program structure
  • Delve into the heart of Erlang processing with recursion, strings, lists, and higher-order functions
  • Create processes, send messages among them, and apply pattern matching to incoming messages
  • Store and manipulate structured data with Erlang Term Storage and the Mnesia database
  • Learn about Open Telecom Platform, Erlang’s open source libraries and tools
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Read this Erlang book before any others

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    Comments about oreilly Introducing Erlang:

    If you're curious about Erlang and you already know other programming languages, read this book before any other Erlang books.

    After reading this book I'm really looking forward to picking up the copy of Programming Erlang (Joe Armstrong) that has been collecting dust on my shelf for a year.

    I read the ePub version on my phone over the course of a couple weeks. The writing style made it very easy for me to pick up where I left off without having to re-read anything. The information delivery was paced perfectly for me. The ongoing example problem was trivial enough to not get in the way, but expandable enough to be perfect for all the subjects in the book.

    Already recommended it to all my friends.

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    Great introduction to Erlang

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      The book covers all the basics of developing and debugging Erlang code. Great concise resource for anyone who is starting with Erlang. The appendix is very useful because it lists the most common commands and APIs.

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