Erlang Handbook

Erlang Handbook: A concise reference for Erlang

From the webpage:

Originally written by Bjarne Däcker and later revised by Robert Virding, 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.

Erlang Handbook (current release, pdf)

The handbook is just that, a handbook. At forty-six pages, it is a highly useful but also highly condensed view of Erlang.

I have been reminded of Erlang twice this week already.

The first time was by The Distributed Complexity of Large-scale Graph Processing research paper with its emphasis on message passing between graph nodes as a processing model.

The other reminder was Jans Aasman’s How to Use Graph Databases… [Topic Maps as Graph++?].

Jans was extolling the use of graphs to manage data about telecom customers, with an emphasis on “near real-time.”

Something kept nagging at me when I was watching the video but it was only afterwards that I remembered Ericsson’s development and use of Erlang for exactly that use case.

By way of excuse, I was watching Jans’ video at the end of a long day. 😉

Suggestions on where I can look for anyone using Erlang-based message passing for distributed processing of graphs?

With a truthful description like this one:

Erlang is a programming language used to build massively scalable soft real-time systems with requirements on high availability. Some of its uses are in telecoms, banking, e-commerce, computer telephony and instant messaging. Erlang’s runtime system has built-in support for concurrency, distribution and fault tolerance. (from

are there any contraindications for Erlang?

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