Chapter 1. The Erlang/OTP platform

This chapter covers

  • Understanding concurrency and Erlang’s process model
  • Erlang’s support for fault tolerance and distribution
  • Important properties of the Erlang runtime system
  • What functional programming means, and how it applies to Erlang

If you’re reading this book, you probably know already that Erlang is a programming language—and as such it’s pretty interesting in itself—but as the title of the book indicates, our focus is on the practical use of Erlang for creating real, live systems. And for that, we also need the OTP framework. This is always included in any Erlang distribution and is such an integral part of Erlang these days that it’s hard to say where the line is drawn between OTP and the plain ...

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