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Elixir in Action by Saša Jurić

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Chapter 1. First steps

This chapter covers

  • Overview of Erlang
  • Benefits of Elixir

This is the beginning of your journey into the world of Elixir and Erlang, two efficient and useful technologies that can significantly simplify the development of large, scalable systems. Chances are, you’re reading this book to learn about Elixir. But because Elixir is built on top of Erlang and depends heavily on it, you should first learn a bit about what Erlang is and the benefits it offers. So, let’s take a brief, high-level look at Erlang.

1.1. About Erlang

Erlang is a development platform for building scalable and reliable systems that constantly provide service with little or no downtime. This is a bold statement, but it’s exactly what Erlang was ...

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