Erlang is the language of choice for programmers who want to write robust, concurrent applications, but its strange syntax and functional design can intimidate the uninitiated. Luckily, there’s a new weapon in the battle against Erlang-phobia: Learn You Some Erlang for Great Good!
Erlang maestro Fred Hébert starts slow and eases you into the basics: You’ll learn about Erlang’s unorthodox syntax, its data structures, its type system (or lack thereof!), and basic functional programming techniques. Once you’ve wrapped your head around the simple stuff, you’ll tackle the real meat-and-potatoes of the language: concurrency, distributed computing, hot code loading, and all the other dark magic that makes Erlang such a hot topic among today’s savvy developers.
As you dive into Erlang’s functional fantasy world, you’ll learn about:
Packed with lighthearted illustrations and just the right mix of offbeat and practical example programs, Learn You Some Erlang for Great Good! is the perfect entry point into the sometimes-crazy, always-thrilling world of Erlang.
Bonus: ebook is in color!
About the Author
Fred Hébert is a self-taught programmer who taught Erlang. He spent time working on a real-time bidding platform and was named Erlang User of the Year 2012, and has since joined the routing team at Heroku, building large scale production systems with Erlang. His online tutorial, Learn You Some Erlang for Great Good!, is widely regarded as the best way to learn Erlang.
Table of Contents
Foreword by Joe Armstrong
Chapter 1: Starting Out
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"Learn You Some Erlang for Great Good! is an inspiration. An indispensable guide to a very important programming language."
"I recommend LYSE to all those who want to learn Erlang and OTP, especially to those who want to experiment and self-learn the language and system."
"A great place to start exploring the topic."
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"A must-read book every developer out there should add to his Erlang shelf."
"The book has great and funny illustrations; technical yet with a nod to the whimsical, without being inscrutable and self-indulgent. If you’re interested in Erlang, this is the Erlang book to read."
"Fred's style is breezy without being flaky or muddle-headed. His examples are often comical, sometimes thought-provoking and yet always salient and to the point. His jokes keep the tone light and allow him to sneak difficult concepts that your brain would traditionally reject as 'too hard' past your defenses so that you often learn in spite of what you think you can do."
"This is how a programming book should be. The contents of the book were detailed, easy to follow, engaging, and surprisingly humorous."